Perth Zoo's history stretches back to 1896 when the idea of establishing a zoological garden was first discussed. Work began the following year and on October 17th 1898 the zoo
Originally the zoo was more about the entertainment of people than education and conservation. Once there were dances, tennis courts and many people will still remember the old merry-go-round and
The concept of a zoo has changed dramatically since the days of housing animals in small heavily barred cages. Today the animals enjoy much better living conditions in enclosures that are as close to
nature as possible.
Perth Zoo is one of the few Australasian zoos that is ZAA accredited. This means that the welfare of the animals is monitored and conditions are continuously improved.
Research and breeding programs combined with public education all assist towards the conservation of wild animals. Some people are still concerned about holding wild animals captive in zoos but it
should be remembered that zoos across the world are basically a series of 'arcs' that can (and do) help in the re-introduction of various species to the wild when the wild populations collapse for one
reason or another.
Perth zoo is located in South Perth and being so close to the city it is easily accessible to tourists. It is a simple matter to catch a ferry from Barrack Street Pier and then walk from the river to the zoo
entrance. Older folks may prefer to catch a bus directly to the zoo as the walk is about 15 minutes.
The Perth Zoo houses 170 different species comprising over 1300 individual animals. The exhibits are surrounded by lush gardens with many trees now in excess of 100 years old.
You can become a 'friend of the zoo' or join the 'Adopt an Animal' program. For details of these plus opening times and entry fees please click the Zoo Website link (above right).
In order to provide a variety of experiences for visitors, the zoo runs many different activities throughout the year. These include guided walks, talks and special events including night time entry to the zoo.
'Up close encounters' and 'Keeper for a day' are two very interesting activities that can be arranged. Bookings for these activities are essential so please contact the zoo via their website.
Any visitors who have difficulty walking may choose to join the Zebra Car tours. These are electric powered vehicles that take 7 guests on a 1 hour tour of the zoo. The cost is minimal and it is a great
way to see the zoo if walking around the many pathways is a bit too taxing. If you have young children with you then there are 2 seater stroller wagons for hire.
There are also 3 cafeterias, vending machines and picnic tables for those who want to make a day of it and have lunch.