Perth Zoo is the home for more than 1258 animals from 164 different species and an extensive botanical collection that has been opened since 1898
See the enormous collection of Perth Zoo
History of Perth Zoo
The story of Perth Zoo began in 1896, when the Western Australian Acclimatization Committee was established with two functions, to introduce European species to Australian landscape and to establish a zoological garden. Then, the building was began in June 1897. 16 months later, the core infrastructure was finished, and the zoo was opened to public for the first time on 17 October 1898. From the beginning until now, the zoo is also carefully planning the gardens, and grow its own crops to feed the animal. As the number of the animals keep growing, the zoo also receives donation from the Perth community that gives fodder from their own gardens. The gardens in the zoo are also important in creating the naturalistic habitat for the animals, and a great view for the visitors. As time goes, the zoo is also developing, and what you see now is very different from how the zoo was looked back in 1898. Now, the zoo has around 200 staffs to give the many complexities of a modern zoo.
Meet the Australian Natives
To begin your day in Perth Zoo, the best way is to see the Australian species, including kangaroos, koalas, echidnas, emus, Tasmanian Devils, wombats, and dingos. The main reason is that they are most active in the morning. Another reason is that you can learn more about the Numbat and see it eats its breakfast every 10.30 AM. Then, go to the Reptile Encounter to find the Australian lizards and snakes and join the presentation at 11.30 AM. During summer, you can also see Simmo when he eats his weekly meal. Not far from this spot, you can see the Australian water birds and most endangered reptile, the Western Swamp Tortoise. You can also see the world's smallest penguin feed underwater in the Penguin Plunge.
See the Asian Giants
After wandering around the Australian native animals, still located in Perth Zoo, are the Asian animals, that has big body size. Here, you can join one of the most popular attractions in the zoo, that is the Female Elephant Talk, located in the Asian Rainforest section. Through this moment, you can learn and see the natural behaviors of the elephants. Then, you can go and look for other Asian animals exhibited in this zoo. Those are the Sumatran Tigers, otters, Red Pandas, Komodo Dragons, and many more. There is also the Jungle School Broadwalk that is the home to one of the largest colonies of Sumatran Orangutans in any zoo in the world.
Look out for the nocturnal animals
Perth Zoo gives you the chance to see nocturnal animals in the daylight. All you need to do is to go to the Nocturnal House, that is made with darker pathways. Here, you are prohibited to use the camera flash. Even though you might take some time, but let your eyes adjust to the darkness and keep silent as you enter the cave of Perth Zoo. Inside, you will meet the owls, bats, woylies, possums, quolls, frogs, and a range of Aussie spiders. You can also see the Australian Eastern Bunny called the Bilby and an amusing invertebrate that glows under fluorescent light.
End your day in the Savannah
End your adventure in Perth Zoo by spending the time on a dry riverbed with some of the most famous species from Wild Africa, including giraffe, zebra, meerkats, hyena, and lions. Then, in the Camp N'dutu is a place for you to relax as you watch and learn about the African Painted Dog before you meet the real thing at the exit of this section. Of course. there are a lot more of animals that you can see and learn in Perth Zoo before you are going back. You can also shop for some souvenirs in the Zoonique, located near the exit.
How to Get Tickets?
You can buy the entry tickets to Perth Zoo from its official website. This way, you don't need to queue on the spot. If you are planning to become a frequent visitor, you can also sign up to be a member that will give you free entry to Perth Zoo for an entire year. While to join the close encounter programs, you will have to book first by filling a form that is also available in the website.
How To Get Around?
To get around, you will have to go by foot. Wheelchair and strollers can be used inside also for those who need them. While if you are bringing an assistance dog, then you will have to report it first to the zoo.
What Should I Wear?
There is no recommended dresscode for visiting the Perth Zoo. You might want to consider to wear comfortable shoes for walking inside. As this is an outdoor site, remember to check the weather before you go.
Best Time to Visit
If you want to see all the animals when they are being active, then be prepare to spend the whole day in the zoo, because some of them are awake in the morning, while the other will be active later in the day. Be noted that summer is the busiest season for tourists, that means the zoo might become very crowded.
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Will I Need a Guide?
You can explore Perth Zoo by yourself. However, if you need it, then you can also request for an official guide from the zoo. For a guided tour, you can join the close encounter programs that is designed for those who want to learn more about any specific animal in the zoo.
How To Get There?
Perth Zoo can be reached with bus routes 30 and 31 between Wellington Street and Elizabeth Quay Bus Station. You can also go to Elizabeth Quay Train Station with the train, but after that you will have to ride a bus again to the entrance of the zoo.