Almost everyone in Perth has visited Caversham Wildlife Park (CWP) at some point. But when was the last time you visited? It may be time for another visit as they have just opened a fabulous new penguin exhibit! It is located in the South West Section, not far from the entrance to the kangaroo enclosure.
Prince (13 years old), Ocean (4 years old) and Percy just a cute 10 months old, arrived at CWP on Wednesday 27th July 2016. They lived together in harmony at Perth Zoo and I'm sure they are very pleased with their new home at Caversham Wildlife Park as it is very plush! They have a wonderful big pool to swim, feed and play in, a lovely indoor area with a few entrances and a big paved area throughout the enclosure. It looks stunning and when we were there, they certainly seemed very happy in their new surroundings. Ocean, Percy and Prince already have a mate in the enclosure with them. It is Dougie, a crested tern (coastal bird) who would normally live in similar conditions to the penguins. Dougie is a rescued bird whose eyesight isn't good enough to be released into the wild, as he would struggle to fish. He too looked as Happy as Larry in his new home.
They are the same species of penguin that are at Penguin Island and as they are normally out fishing all day, seeing them in the wild can be difficult. So this is a fabulous opportunity to be able to see them up close and watch their fascinating ways. Whilst we were watching them, they showed us their swimming skills and walking skills. They are just gorgeous! Who doesn't like a penguin!
CWP have joined a penguin breeding program in conjunction with Perth Zoo and are helping contribute to this program should the penguin population crash in the wild. This is such an important program to be part of and many people do not realise the work behind the scenes at many wildlife parks and zoos and their dedication to conservation of many species worldwide.
So three new penguins, a rescued crested tern and stunning exhibit (which would rival a pool in your own backyard), what more could you want! How about two new freshwater crocs which arrived at the CWP the day after the penguins! Douglas and Valerie are both of the freshwater species and seemed to have settled in just as quickly as their penguin neighbours.
So whenever your last visit to Caversham Wildlife Park was, you must plan another visit to check out the new animals and exhibits. Stay the day and enjoy lunch at the cafe. You will not be disappointed.