I grew up visiting the zoo as a child, but remember mostly concrete and steel cages, which was probably the norm in most zoos at the time. My last trip to Perth Zoo must have been about ten years ago and I was already amazed then by the transformation. These days the Perth Zoo is a fantastic day out, and it’s definitely a lot more than just animals in cages.
The Perth Zoo is divided into different habitat areas, namely the Australian Walkabout, Asian Rainforest and African Savannah areas, and like many modern day zoos they are carefully designed to imitate the environment the animals inhabit in the wild. Since I went to the zoo recently, and have mentioned it to Perth friends, I’ve been surprised at how many people have complained that when they went, some of the animals were hard to see – yes, not every animal was parading right at the front of its enclosure, but with a little patience I could spot nearly every animal and I didn’t have to peer through nasty cages to see them. Give me something resembling their natural habitat any day!
The zoo is also heavily involved in various conservation and research programmes – thumbs up for that. And at the other end of the entertainment scale, there are sometimes music concerts (rock music, too) and other events held in the zoo grounds. Check the Perth Zoo website to plan your visit before you arrive.