New faces on show at Zoo
THE summer school holidays are the perfect time to visit Perth Zoo, with an animal baby boom meaning there are plenty of new faces.
There are new arrivals in both exotic and native Australian species, making the Zoo look like an animal creche.
Tarni the koala joey, born in May, has just begun to emerge from mum Wanda’s pouch and can be seen in the Zoo’s Australian Bushwalk exhibit.
This is the first koala born at Perth Zoo since 2001, so visitors are in for a rare treat.
The successful birth is the result of matchmaking Perth Zoo’s male koala Slater with Wanda, a new female who arrived from Taronga Zoo.
Wanda is a renowned breeder, with many offspring on the east coast.
The Zoo has also welcomed ring-tailed lemur twins to Perth Zoo-born mother Zanaka and father Gimero, who came to the Zoo from Sweden in 2005.
Perth Zoo is a leader in ring-tail lemur breeding and care.
Since 1976, 45 ring-tailed lemurs have been born at the Zoo, aiding the fight for survival of this amazing species.
If visitors look closely, they might also be lucky enough to spot a newborn black-capped capuchin clinging to the back of mother Lola. This is the first capuchin monkey the Zoo has bred since early 2012.
A baby ring-tail lemur.