Baby steps at Zoo

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Streetwatch -

IT may be win­ter but you can warm your heart at Perth Zoo, which is in the mid­dle of an an­i­mal baby boom.

In the African Sa­van­nah, gi­raffe calf Kamili is con­tin­u­ing to grow quickly.

Al­ready two me­tres tall, she is a de­light to watch as she be­comes more con­fi­dent on her long legs.

On the board­walk by the Zoo’s main lake, Suli the Good­fel­low’s tree-kan­ga­roo joey has also been test­ing out his legs as he clam­bers out of mum’s pouch.

In the Asian Rain­for­est, an adorable lit­ter of four Asian small­clawed ot­ter pups have just started to ex­plore out­side of their nest boxes.

The three males and one fe­male were born to first-time par­ents, mum Paddy and dad Cerdik, in April.

Along the pri­mate trail, min­i­mous­tached mon­keys – the twin em­peror tamarin ba­bies – will be sport­ing stub­ble as they start to grow the im­pres­sive han­dle­bar mous­taches their species is fa­mous for.

Vis­i­tors can also join in Naidoc cel­e­bra­tions by dis­cov­er­ing the Noon­gar names of some Aus­tralian an­i­mals.

The Zoo Bush­walk will be­come a kalei­do­scope of colour, with an Abo­rig­i­nal mu­ral be­ing painted.

■ Com­mu­nity News is giv­ing away 85 fam­ily passes to the Perth Zoo ahead of the school hol­i­days. Go to com­mu­ni­tynews.com.au/win to en­ter.

Fa­cial heir: em­peror tamarins.

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