Be a su­per­hero for rare an­i­mals

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

PERTH Zoo wants vis­i­tors to join their Su­per Zoo Keep­ers this win­ter, help­ing save en­dan­gered an­i­mals such as the african painted dog.

A lit­ter of the painted dogs, in the African Sa­van­nah, is among the zoo’s new­est and cutest ad­di­tions.

Their mum, Kisuri, has shown her su­per strength as a car­ing and cau­tious mother to the 11 pup­pies.

With fewer than 6000 painted dogs re­main­ing in the wild, ev­ery pup born is precious. Perth Zoo op­er­a­tions and life sci­ences cu­ra­tor John Lemon has ded­i­cated his life to sav­ing the crea­ture.

An­other en­dan­gered an­i­mal the zoo is work­ing to pro­tect is the white-cheeked gib­bon, which can be seen in the Asian Rain­for­est.

And the na­tive num­bat, twice as rare as the gi­ant panda, can be found in the Aus­tralian Bush­walk sec­tion of the zoo.

Dur­ing the school hol­i­days, young vis­i­tors are en­cour­aged to don their capes and fol­low the Wildlife Su­per­hero trail to Perth Zoo head­quar­ters.

There they will get to dis­cover more about an­i­mal su­per­heroes and en­joy fun ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing mak­ing their own Wildlife Su­per­hero cos­tume. Read­ers have the chance to win one of five fam­ily passes to Perth Zoo for the school hol­i­days. Go to com­mu­ni­tynews.com.au to en­ter.

One of the baby african painted dogs.

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