December 13, 2005

Perth Zoo

We were in the Perth Zoo and this zoo is amazing!

Koala.jpg The Perth Zoo is worth a visit. The zoo is located between the Mill Point Road and the Labouchere Road in South Perth. If you come from the Mill Point Road there is a big parking place where parking costs 5 AUD for seven hours. But there is also a free parking place at the Labouchere Road. We just realised this after we parked and paid for the other parking place.

The entry fee for the zoo is 16 AUD per person, but the zoo is very well maintained and the 16 dollars are well spent. For 2 Dollars you can buy a map of the zoo, so you can plan your trip through the zoo and you can make sure you see all the animals you want.

The zoo is quite big and divided in several areas:

1. African Savannah
2. Asian Rainforest
3. Australian Walkabout
4. Worlds of Birds
5. Nocturnal House
6. Australian Wetlands
7. Reptilies

Furthermore there is an African village, a rainforest retreat, a cinema showing films about animals, a big play area, a big picknick area, a carousel for kids, an environmental-friendly showhouse and a cafe which is fully licenced.

FruehstueckimZoo.jpg For a zoo visit you should plan at least three hours. We spent 6 hours there, but we were under no hurry at all.

We started our day with a very nice breakfast with a small bottle of wine at the Safari’s Cafe.

Then we visited the Worlds of Birds, where you can watch a lot of very beautiful colorful parrots.

Then we went to the Nocturnal House, in which you can watch cute little mice, bats, frogs and cute fury animals of which we forgot the name, but they had white dots on their backs. You can also see Australian spiders. A relative of our spider which lives in the tree in front of our house is also there. We were glad to see that none of the venemous spiders live at our place!

Loewe.jpgThen we visited the gorillas, but that was not really exciting, because they were lying lazy in the shadow because of the heat at noon.

After that we walked through the African Savannah area and watched lions, giraffes, zebras, lemures, elefants and more.

Then we visited funny monkeys and not visible hunting leopards in the Asian Rainforest area.

BarbaraaufNumbat.jpgIn the Australian Walkabout you can see kangaroos, wallabees, emus and koalas. There would be also a numbat, but it was hidden in its bawn and wouldn’t show itself. But there was a numbat made from wood outside, so you can see how this animal should look like.

Then we admired a really huge crocodile in the Australian Wetlands. There were also birds and turtles and frogs. Only the penguin area was unfortunately closed for renovation.

AussieGrill.jpgWe also admired Aussies as they put their lunch at the grill at the big picknick area.

The bawns are all very well maintained and very big. The zoo itself is very big and you can also visit the zoo when it’s very hot, because there are lots of trees which give lots of shadow.

We also liked the environmental-friendly house a lot. They show you there how to build a house so that it doesn’t need too much power. They also show you how to plant the right plants together and how to use worms to get a perfect compost. The only thing we found exaggerated was their proposal to use a wood fireplace to cook.

Zebra.jpgThe animals look all well kept, that means they don’t appear to be neuroticly, but as we said before, the bawns are all very big.

They offer also various presentations of certain animals the whole day long. You could for example watch the feeding of bats, lemures or crocodiles. There are also free guided tours.

I liked the cassowaries a lot. They are emu-like birds, but their eggs are green! Like big green easter eggs!

On weekends you have to expect a lot of families with kids.

Please find here the official Perth Zoo website: www.perthzoo.wa.gov.au

1 Comment »

  1. Your blog is vey nice & informative. I always appreciate your work. Also the snaps are very nice. Thanks to the sharing.
    Mohammad Zohaib Khan from Atlanta

    Comment by Mohammad Zohaib Khan — February 12, 2009 @ 2:51 pm

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