See zoo’s wild side
KIDS now have an exclusive behind-the-scenes pass into the wild world of Perth Zoo.
New interactive play area Zoo HQ offers a taste of what goes on in breed-for-release programs, the veterinary hospital, as well as how meals and behavioural enrichment activities are prepared.
Children can dress up as a keeper, veterinarian or scientist before exploring.
“Visitors are always keen to know about the work of our keepers, vets and researchers almost as much as they want to see the animals,” Perth Zoo spokeswoman Danielle Henry said.
“With the opening of Zoo HQ, visitors can find out a whole lot more about this important side of the zoo’s operations.”
Perth Zoo visitors Josh Wassink (7) and Hayley Wassink (5) explored Zoo HQ last week.
Right: Information on the zoo's breedto-release program is available, with life-size
models of numbats and
western swamp tortoises. Left: Feathers, orangutan hair, egg shells and more can be examined under microscopes.
Above: Josh and Hayley got a vet’s eyes view of real life procedures that took place at Perth Zoo, including a sun bear dental exam.
Above: Perth Zoo HQ.
Above: Kids can learn about different diets and try to match the right meal to the right animal.