Get your hands dirty at the Zoo

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

PERTH Zoo is call­ing all green thumbs these school hol­i­days, with hands-on plant­ing ac­tiv­i­ties for both young and old.

Vis­i­tors can get their hands dirty – as well as learn how to make their own gar­dens bloom – all with the help of Perth Zoo’s an­i­mals.

Green thumbs will feel at home at the daily Wild Zone where they can pot their own plant with the Zoo’s unique prod­uct ‘Crea­ture Com­post’, proudly bought to you by the crea­tures that call the Zoo home.

For a gold coin do­na­tion, vis­i­tors will be able to take home their seedling home and then watch it grow.

“Perth Zoo’s an­i­mals pro­duce about 600kg of ma­nure ev­ery day,” Perth Zoo spokes­woman Danielle Henry said.

“With more than 1500 an­i­mals cared for at the Zoo, as well as green waste from our ex­ten­sive gar­dens we have a lot of waste to get rid of, so we cre­ated Crea­ture Com­post. We’d par­tic­u­larly like to thank our ele­phants who are jumbo con­trib­u­tors to the prod­uct.”

Crea­ture Com­post has been used for years on the Zoo’s own ex­ten­sive botan­i­cal es­tate and money raised from its pur­chase helps with the run­ning costs of the zoo.

Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group is giv­ing away 85 Perth Zoo fam­ily passes for the school hol­i­days. En­ter at the com­pe­ti­tions page at com­mu­ni­

Crea­ture Com­post is ap­plied to Zoo plants.

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