LUNCH You can pack your own lunch and enjoy a picnic lunch on the lawn, or you can visit the nearby Wild Bites Café to buy a range of food and drinks with vegetarian and healthy options available.
Kids can work off their lunch in the nearby Variety Children's Playground, while parents enjoy a coffee under the trees and prepare themselves for a great afternoon.
PERTH ZOO BREEDING
Perth Zoo has an award-winning research and breeding program for threatened Western Australian fauna which has resulted in the release into the wild of more than 3,000 Zoo-bred animals. This, in turn, helps secure the future for these animals which are almost on the brink of extinction.
Perth Zoo has partnered with Parks and Wildlife for over 25 years now to establish and continue to run breeding programmes to support the "Species Recovery Plans" for a host of native Western Australian animals.
They research the reproductive biology, growth and development of four key threatened species to assist with recovery and conservation efforts.
Two of these animals are the Numbat and the Dibbler.
The Dibbler is a small West Australian marsupial and is one of the world's rarest mammals, thought extinct until a chance rediscovery.
Australia has about 200 species of frog which are found nowhere else. We are one of the most frog-diverse nations on the planet however several of these were near extinction and this is again where Perth Zoo steps in and helps maintain some of these near-extinct animals.
ANIMALS AT PERTH ZOO
The animals at Perth Zoo are from all corners of the world. Find out more with the Zoo's excellent and informative fact sheets which are available at the Zoo.
Some of the rarer animals at the Zoo include:
If Painted Dogs become old or sick they are taken care of by the pack rather than being abandoned or killed by other pack members. When the pack goes hunting and makes a kill, pups are allowed to eat first which is usually the opposite in the wild.
The Binturong has an unusual smell – they smell like popcorn! The scent comes from a gland under the tail which it brushes over branches, leaving its trail behind. While pleasant to humans, the smell advises other Binturong that they're trespassing on another animal's territory and it also discourages predators.