"Meet Semeru ..." Zoo Tip by TheWanderingCamel

Zoo, Perth: 27 reviews and 43 photos

  Semeru (photo: Perth Zoo)
by TheWanderingCamel

...and his new little half-brother, Nyaru , the newest additions to Perth Zoo's orang utan family. Their father is a hunky young male named Dinar who camed from Canada just 3 years ago, setting the lady orang's hearts aflutter and promptly getting down to the serious business of breeding. Hopefully, there'll be more babies to come but meantime these two little fellows are delighting the visitors and their proud mums alike.

Nyaru's the most recent birth at the zoo (October 20, '07) and he's still clinging very close to his mother but there are silvery and white-cheeked gibbon young who are putting on a fine show for visitors. You'll find them all in the Asian Rainforest section of the zoo.

Meanwhile, down in the African Savannah, Bakari, the young rhino calf is growing fast and in the Australian Bushwalk the Tasmanian Devils are doing their darndest to find an escape route out of their enclosure.

There is always something new to see at the Zoo. It's open every day of the year from 9-5. Admission is $16 and once in you need not spend any more money, though a map will cost you a dollar (there is good signage and several big general maps around the place so you can manage quite well without one). There are cafes but there are also plenty of picnic spots and even free barbecues if you fancy a sausage sizzle.

Ask at the visitor's centre about keepers' talks that take place at different locations all through the day. There are free docent-led guided walks each day and docents are on duty from 9.30 -3 to answer any questions.

Cool days are best for animal spotting -well -you'd find the coolest, quietest spot for a snooze on a hot day if you could too, wouldn't you? Late afternoon in summer will certainly be a better time for your visit than the heat of midday. Humans need to keep cool too - if you're driving, parking under the pines in the free Labouchere Road carpark means your car will be in shade when you leave in the afternoon.

Address: Labouchere Road, South Perth
Directions: Take the ferry across from Old Perth Port. The Zoo is a ten minute walk up from the Mend Street Jetty.
Buses no 30 and 31 from the Bus port will drop you right outside the zoo's entrance.

Phone: +61 8 9474 0444
Website: http://www.perthzoo.wa.gov.au/

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 22, 2007
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