Over the recent past, the role and purpose of zoos have evolved tremendously. Increasing human population, along with its various needs and greed have put wildlife in increasing threat of extinction globally. Perth Zoo, in collaboration with scientific agencies, governments and other conservation partners, contributes much to the conservation of our natural world.
- Vision:- A world where diversity of species and habitats is secure.
- Purpose:– To inspire and act for wildlife conservation.
1. Preserve Species and Habitat Diversity
This contributes directly to the preservation of species and habitat diversity. It is a role-model for environment sustainability.
2. Reconnect People with Nature by Inspiring them to Become Partners in Conservation
The Team at Perth Zoo strives to achieve this by providing links and practical means for individuals to become involved in conservation. Visitors to the zoo are presented with the opportunities to encounter the natural world through its various features. Every time you visit the Perth Zoo, you are supporting their conservation work.
Features of the Perth Zoo
Come and spend your day amidst the most amazing animals on the planet. Just five minutes away from the heart of the city is the Perth Zoo, sprawled on the 41-acre land. First opened in 1898, Perth Zoo is currently housing animals and plants from all corners of the globe. Here are some of the exciting features of Perth Zoo;
The animals and plants at the Perth Zoo come from all over the world. Native Australian animals as well as wildlife from the Africa, Asia and Australasia regions, Sumatra and Bolivia call this zoo home.
Animal Close Encounters
Most importantly you will experience the rare and extraordinary animals up-close at the Perth Zoo. Giraffe, porcupine, dingo, orangutan, red panda and otter are some of the animals to have close encounters with at Perth Zoo. Due to the current physical distancing requirements, Close Encounters operate with reduced capacity.
For more information, please visit; perthzoo.wa.gov.au/close-encounters
Here are some of the programmes run by the Perth Zoo to keep your little ones entertained and educated;
- A to Zoo
- Keeper Careers
- Keeper Kids
- Zoo Crew
- Wild Vets
- OSH Club and Vacation Care
For more information, please visit; perthzoo.wa.gov.au/programs
Here are some of the upcoming events of the Perth Zoo; First, presented in date order. Volunteer information session – May 1st, 2021 Second, Mother’s Day – May 9th, 2021 Third Father’s Day – September 5th, 2021 (9 am – 5 pm)
For more information, please visit; perthzoo.wa.gov.au//events
A unique and important learning experiences for children ranging from early childhood to tertiary is on offer. These programmes are aimed at providing links to the Australian Curriculum by connecting students with nature. Here are some of the learning experiences offered by the zoo;
- Kindergarten to Year 3
- Year 4 to Year 6
- Year 7 to Year 10
- Year 11 to Year 12
- Zoo camp
- Teacher learning
For more information, please visit; perthzoo.wa.gov.au/education
The breeding rogrammes at the Zoo is an avid supporter of the Species Recovery Plans for a range of native Western Australian animals. In support, the zoo has partnered with Parks and Wildlife and has been running breeding programmes over 25 years. Thousands of animals have been bred at the Perth Zoo and released into protected wild habitat to help the species being saved from extinction.
Zoo Conservation ‘beyond our borders’
The conservation initiatives of the Perth Zoo span across the globe. The following initiatives of the zoo are in accordance with the Conservation Strategy of the World Association of Zoos & Aquaria;
- Native species breed-for-release programme
- Fundraising support of global conservation programmes
- Cooperation with other zoos, conservation and research organizations.
- The world first relocation of zoo-born Orangutans into protected habitat in Sumatra.
- Partnering in breed-for-release programmes for exotic species will be a future initiative.
- Assisting the associated human communities by improving employment, education and living conditions.
- Extending partnerships with human development agencies and overseas governments.
For more information on field conservation work supported by Perth Zoo, please visit; perthzoo.wa.gov.au/saving-wildlife