Talk to the an­i­mals

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Business -

ANY­ONE who has dreamed of meet­ing an African lion, a gi­raffe or an orang-utan up close may well have the chance to do just that th­ese school hol­i­days.

Perth Zoo’s Eye to Eye an­i­mal en­counter pro­gram has been ex­panded, giv­ing vis­i­tors the op­por­tu­nity to get closer to more an­i­mals than ever be­fore.

Spokes­woman Danielle Henry said there were more than 17 Eye to Eye en­coun­ters avail­able, with some­thing to suit ev­ery an­i­mal lover.

“There’s noth­ing like touch­ing the rough skin of a rhino or feel­ing the hot breath of a lion as it roars in your di­rec­tion; trust me, it will def­i­nitely send shiv­ers up your spine,” she said.

“The en­coun­ters also give you a taste of the in­ner work­ings of the zoo.

“And be­ing with the keep­ers, you learn so much more about the an­i­mals they ded­i­cate their lives to look­ing af­ter.”

Peo­ple who visit the zoo be­tween April 3 and 19 be­fore 11am will go into the draw to win an Eye to Eye en­counter.

Prices for vis­i­tors start from $5 and any­one in­ter­ested can book by email­ing close en­coun­ters@perth­zoo.wa.gov.au or call­ing 9474 0444.

We have five fam­ily zoo passes to give away to our lo­cal read­ers. For your chance to win go to www.in­my­commu­nity.com.au.

Perth Zoo vis­i­tors can get up close and per­sonal with the an­i­mals more than ever be­fore th­ese school hol­i­days.

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