Plenty of life at Zoo

Cockburn Gazette - - LOCAL SPORTS STARS -

AU­TUMN vis­i­tors to Perth Zoo will be blown away by some won­der­fully cute new ad­di­tions.

The Zoo’s new­est Good­fel­low’s tree kan­ga­roo, joey Haroli, is keep­ing warm in his mum Doba’s pouch.

Haroli is the 16th male tree kan­ga­roo to be born as part of a global pro­gram to re­store their num­bers.

Else­where in the Zoo is a beau­ti­ful lit­tle south­ern cas­sowary chick that hatched ear­lier this year.

The young­ster still has a lot of grow­ing to do be­fore it de­vel­ops black plumage and a vivid red and blue head.

In the wild, cas­sowaries are un­der threat from habi­tat de­struc­tion. Pic­tures: Alex As­bury

And as Easter ap­proaches, head to the Zoo’s Noc­tur­nal House to see Aus­tralia’s ver­sion of the Easter Bunny, the bilby.

This unique mam­mal has large rab­bit-like ears, but un­like bun­nies they have a long, pointed muz­zle with black and white tipped tails that reach be­tween 20 and 29cm long. Their pow­er­ful claws make bil­bies ex­pert dig­gers.

Dur­ing the school hol­i­days, week­ends and An­zac Day, vis­i­tors can also en­joy some tea party fun with spe­cial ap­pear­ances from a host of colour­ful char­ac­ters.

Read­ers have the chance to win one of five fam­ily passes to Perth Zoo for the school hol­i­days. Go to com­mu­ni­­pe­ti­tions to en­ter.

The south­ern cas­sowary chick.

Tree kan­ga­roo Haroli and mother Doba.

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