Zoo open to new at­trac­tion

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

PERTH Zoo chief ex­ec­u­tive Su­san Hunt says the launch of an open range zoo would not mean the clo­sure of the South Perth fa­cil­ity.

Ms Hunt said the Lower Chit­ter­ing-based open range zoo would com­ple­ment the work be­ing done by her com­pany.

“It’s not about clos­ing our zoo, it’s about com­ple­ment­ing the work we are do­ing with global species like rhi­nos and gi­raffes,” she said.

“It’s a great pro­gres­sion that will build on our ex­per­tise and I be­lieve we will be cen­tral to the project.

“It was made pretty clear by the State Gov­ern­ment that they would need our zoo­log­i­cal ex­per­tise be­cause they are not skills that are easy to come by.

“It would help us breed ex­otic species and help us ad­dress is­sues such as rhi­nos, which are hunted for their horns.”

Ms Hunt said she be­lieved the open range zoo was fea­si­ble be­cause there were such zoos in other Aus­tralian cap­i­tal ci­ties.

“There is no doubt that it can be done be­cause there are open range zoos in Ade­laide, Melbourne and Syd­ney,” she said.

“I think peo­ple are pre­dom­i­nately pos­i­tive about the idea once you ex­plain it’s not about shut­ting Perth Zoo. It’s not a pie in the sky idea, it makes a lot of sense.”

Premier Colin Bar­nett said the con­ser­va­tion and re­cre­ation re­serve was an ideal set­ting for an open range zoo.

“This is a truly spec­tac­u­lar site next to the Avon Valley Na­tional Park that has all the fea­tures needed to make an open range zoo at­trac­tive to in­ter­na­tional visi­tors,” he said.

“The land­scape and vis­tas are strik­ing, ex­ceed­ing those of other open range zoos in Aus­tralia and even glob­ally. The un­du­lat­ing land and scat­tered rock out­crops cre­ate ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­ni­ties for the view­ing of an­i­mals.”

Pic­ture: David Baylis www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d461600

En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Al­bert Ja­cob, East Metropoli­tan MLC Alyssa Hay­den, Perth Zoo CEO Su­san Hunt and Premier Colin Bar­nett.

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