See zoo’s wild side

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

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.

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