Perth Zoo's spectacular new orangutan boardwalk is now open to the public.
Christened the 'Jungle School', this world-class facility affords Perth Zoo visitors the unique opportunity to get up close to 12 beautiful orangutans.
The boardwalk rises up to 2.1 metres above the ground and extends 125 metres around the orangutan colony, offering stunning 360 degree views of the exhibit.
The 'Jungle School' is designed to prepare young orangutans for life in the wild. Many of the 'Jungle School's' inhabitants will be released into the Sumatran jungle one day to help boost the wild population.
Whilist in the 'Jungle School', the orangutans must demonstrate the following natural behaviours and skills:
Stay in the Trees (arborealism)
Getting Along (socialisation)
Find Food & Water (foraging)
Know Your Neighborhood (orientation)
Make a Nest (nesting skills)
The 'Jungle School' is a sustainable medium for people to experience and learn about these extraordinary animals — which are sadly critically endangered in the wild.
This exhibit replicates the smells, sights and sounds of a rainforest, with misting, sounds and over 2000 plants. There are also tower-top pods that are built onto the boardwalk for children to explore and observation stations with visitor-controlled CCTV to get even closer. Binoculars are available and as well as interactive devices for playing on or taking photographs on.
It is hoped that by inspiring and educating visitors with this memorable orangutan experience, the boardwalk project will directly contribute to Perth Zoo's wildlife conservation program. Since 1970, Perth Zoo has bred 29 orangutans. The youngest, a female Sumatran Orangutan named Lestari, was born on 9 January 2012.
For more information on the 'Jungle School' exhibit, visit the Perth Zoo website. Tickets are now on sale.