New faces on show at Zoo

Cockburn Gazette - - STREET WATCH -

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.

Pic­ture: Alex Cearns

A baby ring-tail lemur.

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