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by Victoria Button (subscribe)
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Published January 11th 2012
Get up close to emus, cockatoos, kangaroos and more at the Peel Zoo in Pinjarra, near Mandurah, which is home to more than 100 species of animials.

Most of the displays are of birds but there are also snakes, wombats, koalas, and domesticated breeds including a guinea pig.

The zoo, which has successfully bred Tasmanian devils, is currently raising funds to build more enclosures for these endangered animals.

Guinea pig

Unusually alert koala

Albino red-necked wallaby

The highlight of any visit are the four enclosures where visitors are encouraged to enter to pet and feed animals.

Animal food is available at $3 a bag at the entrance, although the management gave my daughter a freebie because it was late in the day and the animals might not be hungry any more.

As it turned out, some animals had self-control while others were insatiable. Most of the birds were disinterested in our seed and hay mix, as were the alpacas. Kangaroos had a mouthful or two if Little Miss approached them but were not keen enough to get off the ground and hop to her. However she was almost bowled over in the rush by goats, deer, and what are probably Australia's chubbiest sheep, to get to her brown paper bag of food.

Sheep and deer eat up

Chickens not hungry

Emu tucks in

There are large tables under shade near the entrance but the selection of snacks available is limited to chips, nuts, and drinks so it would be better to bring your own food.

Picnic tables

Free barbeques are available for use.

Peacocks roam free

White peacock

This would be a great place to take foreign visitors to interact with Australian wildlife. For Perth locals, it would be part of a good day trip to Mandurah or Pinjarra but probably not worth a trip on its own.

Admiring the birds

Peel zoo

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Why? Feed a kangaroo
When: 10am-4pm weekdays, 9am-5pm weekends, school holidays, and public holidays
Where: Sanctuary Park Road, Pinjarra
Cost: $18 adult, $9 child
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