A look back at the Zoo
REMEMBER when it cost you only 60 cents to bring your child to Perth Zoo.
That was 1985, when 405,984 people visited the Perth Zoo, about 200,000 fewer than in 2011-12.
There were two major events that year.
On July 30, 1985, Perth Zoo opened its new animal hospital. It cost $346,524 and was officially opened by the Minister for Works, Lands and Surveys,
d432260 surgery, treatment room, laboratory, X-ray and isolation rooms for quarantine and a kitchen to prepare all the special diets for the animals.
On November 17, the Great Cats Exhibit was opened.
The exhibit was provided through a public appeal and matching funds. Just over half a million dollars was raised.
The opening was attended by more than 8000 members of the community.
Perth Zoo’s popular elephant Tricia.