Perth Zoo is a 17-hectare (41-acre) zoological park in South Perth, Western Australia. The zoo first opened in 1898 and by 2011 housed 1258 animals of 164 species and an extensive botanical collection. It is a full institutional member of the Zoo and Aquarium Association (ZAA) and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA).
The Perth Zoological Gardens were opened on 17 October 1898 by the Governor of Western Australia, Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Gerard Smith. Planning for the zoo had started in 1896 when the Acclimatisation Society first met, the original purpose of which was to introduce European animals to Australia and establish a zoo for conservation purposes. In 1897 this group invited the director of the Melbourne Zoo, Albert Le Souef, to choose a site. His son Ernest was chosen as the first director of the Perth Zoo, and work began in 1897.
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suzie johnson | Jan 30, 2018
Took my grand children to this quaint little zoo. Not too crowded with numbers just right. Got up close and personal to the beasts of the earth and marveled at creation and its beauty and diversity. The Perth Zoo also had a century old carousel that entertained the grannies exceptionally well. Did we all love the visit? Heck yeah to that!
Bec H | Feb 14, 2018
I'm glad most of the animals have so much space, although still in captivity, but my major issues with Perth zoo is that they are missing so many animals and every thing feels super sad and depressed. Also, the entire zoo feels like it was designed by an animal hoarder rather than from an educational viewpoint. Most animals are barely visible from the viewing screens or platforms, I wouldn't begin to know how to improve while also keeping the animals happy and comfortable other than restructuring all walk ways to maybe be looking down on all the larger animals, rather than having to look around all the foliage and squint because it's always a hot day in Australia and the animals prefer to lounge in the shade at the very back of the enclosures. Because why put the shade on and near the public, they the paying public burn their butts off and frankly don't get their moneys worth.
Nu | Feb 8, 2018
A nice zoo that is smaller in size but has a good selection of animals in spacious enclosures. The gardens are beautiful and provide a lot of shade on hot days. There is a cafe and gift shop on site. Interactive experiences with the animals are available for an additional cost.
Laco Vosika | Jan 6, 2018
Great place to visit with kids. If you plan to visit often then annual card is a great value. Kids will definitely enjoy it. Talks and animal shows are scheduled through the day while you can get one on one with some animals for an additional fee. Overall really enjoyed it.
Mezzie Bites | Feb 2, 2018
It was lovely to see the animals we did and the bigger enclosure for the crocodile and better enclosures for the orangutans however we were very disappointed to only see 1 Tiger, No lion's, No reptiles because it was closed I think you should be informed at the door what is closed and that you have only a few big cat's. Hopefully next time we visit they might of made the zebra and giraffe enclosure better bigger and more viewable. Cheers
James Bain | Apr 3, 2018
Great family day out. Would suggest taking your own food as cafe is pricey and has a lot of room to grow - doesn't compare to most zoo's could do with a proper licensed restaurant with healthy fresh options. Enclosures and animals are world class plenty of viewing platforms Plenty of grassed play areas for picnics and children to play. Plenty of amenities although limited baby change facilities Good easy layout. Wheel chair accessible Fairly priced. Plenty of extras for a price.
Duncan Telfer | Mar 25, 2018
Outstanding zoo. Perfect size for a day. No commercial hard sell ( you can leave without passing through the gift shop if you want!) Clearly really care for their animals. Amazing husbandry and enclosures, orangutan training program is world leading, elephant gets walked daily around zoo on footpaths which is amazing to see. Just excellent all round!
Jade Rose | Apr 3, 2018
The animals just look so happy there. I recommend this to people coming from anywhere! It's nice and shaded, so not to worry if you choose to go on a hot day. Lots of play and picnic areas. Food there is good nice variety! Loved it!
Carol Davidson | May 9, 2018
I love the Perth Zoo. It’s spacious and they really make an effort to house the animals in a natural environment. The grounds are beautiful with plenty of shade and seating. There are regular talks about different animals during the day, the penguin feeding is very popular! I enjoyed the walk through enclosures and nocturnal house. There’s an original carousel for the kids. You can bring your own picnic or purchase food from the cafe, the cafe has a good selection and is pricey but the proceeds support the Zoo.👍
Terris Sinclair | May 2, 2018
We love the zoo! Using a trusty map - it's free - we can plot a route to see our faves (penguins, meerkats, elephants) then wind up at the self serve cafe (all netted to keep birds away). Or there is a grassed area to picnic on and for kids to play in the rugged playground. Some sections are currently being upgraded but easy to navigate. Stayed cool and calm in forest/jungle walk on a 32 degree day- magically quieting.
Sab Rickman | Apr 25, 2018
Was a great day until some low life took our seating where I had covered our food and what not so no birds would have gotten anything. They should have sat somewhere else as plenty of places. Absolutely rude and lack of manners. I done what everyone else here and before me have done and left our items here. If you are those rude people who think what's yours is yours than I hope you deserve what's coming your way. No apology no nothing and you took your sweet time to move to. Your parents should be ashamed of what you done. Disgraceful. They even had the nerve to give me the dirty eye. Also said I can grab like I wanted like there was the room to do so 🙄
Elise Smith | May 8, 2018
I always have a wonderful time here, and I really appreciate the lengths the Perth zoo staff go to in order to make their animals feel comfortable and at home. It's a lovely place to walk around, and the enclosures are well maintained! Perfect for a romantic date, a family day out, or just a day of good fun.
g l b | May 15, 2018
I love this place. So many animals, and all are very well looked after. It is much better than many other zoo's I have been to. A wide variety of animals. A good but expensive cafe. A great playground for the kids. Very well located in the heart of the city, and easy to access via train or ferry. Plenty to do and will keep you entertained for hours at least. My favourite bit, as always, is the nocturnal house. Please don't let your kids be noisy or bang on glass here though.
Bryant Ee | Jun 10, 2018
Location: 8min drives from Pan Pacific Perth Ambience: ANIMAL Food Quality: there is a cafe within the zoo, it is just normal. Service: excellent Money: $ - don’t eat, don’t buy, stay hungry Remarks: beautiful zoo! Get close up with some of the animals. Really great experience
Eilidh St John | May 23, 2018
Having not visited a zoo for many years I was pleasantly astonished by Perth Zoo. Most impressed by the garden/jungle like nature of the whole environment. All of the animals seemed contented - except the elephants - The highlights for me were the tree kangaroos, complete with very photogenic joey, the giraffes and most of all, the Australian wetland bird enclosure which is superb. Also deeply appreciative of the absence of "zoo smell". I shall certainly return next time I am in Perth - and I shall take a picnic.
Rizwan Sait | May 24, 2018
Well maintained in a natural atmosphere. They treat the animals gently with love and care. It is one of the best places in Perth you can go with your kids. It is a bit expensive but the way they have kept the place explains the cost...
Avalon O'Neill | Jun 23, 2018
Perth Zoo is a great place for a fun family day out. I usually just go with my partner or a friend so it's good for couples or small groups as well. There's a huge variety of animals to look at, and apart from the animals, Perth Zoo's gardens are absolutely beautiful. Facilities are well maintained and presented, staff and volunteers are friendly and informative. The only down side is that the cafe is incredibly over priced, avoid eating and drinking at the zoo if possible. You are allowed to bring a picnic basket or sausage sizzle, don't hesitate to bring food or drinks, but no alcohol. Perth Zoo is a great place to go for a day out, and I recommend it to anyone.
Craig Eccles | Jul 1, 2018
We went in winter so its quieter and we can try to see everything. I expected as it was chilly and partial rain the animals would be hiding. BUT NO it was the best day ever. We got to see probably 95% of what was on offer. The baby giraffe was out and about. The Tiger was walking at the glass just to name just a couple amazing moments. I would have to say we had some chats with staff who were great, the food and gift shop isn't over priced. (Nice coffee) What and incredible day everything was out to play and we completely forgot it was cold we had so much fun. We will be back very soon.
Janet Grace | Jul 14, 2018
We had a fantastic day out at Perth Zoo. I was pleasantly astonished at the sheer size of the area. Plenty of happy animals are well maintained in a natural atmosphere. Lots of benches and natural shade for seating. Lovely pathways and walkways. My first time to see the sausage tree. There's a playground for kids, huge lawn to roll around or picnic.You can bring your own food or purchase from the cafe. I enjoyed our 3 hour tour. My grandson had a wonderful time visiting the animals. Female, and male toilets available and baby change rooms. Plenty of public and ACROD parking. Wheelchair accessible entrance to the zoo.
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