As a birthday present this year I received a yearly pass to the Perth Zoo. It means I can take my little girl to see the wonderful wildlife anytime we want, without having to pay for the privilege. My daughter will gain entry for free until she is four.
A Perth Zoo Friends Membership card can save you heaps of money every year.
At $95, they aren’t cheap, but considering that a full-paying adult admission price is $29, it means we only have to visit a handful of times to get our money’s worth. If you’re thinking of buying a unique gift for someone or have been considering a yearly pass, here’s five great reasons to do so.
The Red Kangaroo.
You don’t feel obliged to stay all day long
When you pay for a one off visit, you feel the need to stay for as long as you can, making the most of your entry fee and trying to cram as much as you can into one day. Didn’t get to see the elephants, walk through the African savannah and missed out on the monkeys? With a yearly pass, you can stay for an hour, or two, or all day without feeling like you need to rush through every single wildlife enclosure.
The Tiger Enclosure.
You can visit every day of the year
With a Zoo Friends Membership, you can visit the Perth Zoo 365 days a year if you really wanted to and clearly don't have a never-ending pile of laundry and dirty dishes to deal with. The zoo is open all year round and – just as an extra bit of trivia – has been open every day since it opened in 1898. Wow.
Zoo Friends also gain priority entry during peak periods, meaning no more long queues and waiting to enter. It’s a great way to take part in the various daily tours without having to rush your visit.
It’s even cheaper if you purchase more than one pass per family
If you purchase two adult passes (for family members living at the same address), the price drops to $84 each. If you live in South Perth, you’ll also get ten per cent off memberships, and just need to show your driver’s licence when activating your membership at the zoo.
The elephant enclosure.
You get discounts in the shop and café
As an added incentive, Zoo Friends also get ten per cent off any purchases made in the Wild Bites Café and Zoonique, Perth Zoo’s shop. You can buy a huge range of animal-related gifts, including soft toys, clothing, homewares, baby items, merchandise, games and books.
Take a walk through the rainforest retreat.
You also get free entry to some of Australia’s best zoos
A Zoo Friends membership will get you entry to a huge range of zoos throughout Australia, including Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo, Melbourne Zoo, Werribee Open Range Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary in Victoria, Adelaide Zoo and Monarto Zoo in South Australia.
The Perth Zoo playground.
The Perth Zoo is home to a huge array of local and international animals, birds and plants. You’ll find some of the world’s most endangered species at the zoo, including the Sumatran tiger, Sumatran orang-utan and the white-cheeked gibbon. The Australian wetlands are home to birds and frogs, while the Australian bushwalk houses dingoes, emus, koalas, numbats, red kangaroos and Tasmanian Devils.
Wild Bites Cafe.
There are heaps of activities to do, including a playground for the kids, a carousel ride, picnic areas and barbeques, plus various walking tours and feeding times taking part at any one time around the zoo.
For more information about the Perth Zoo and the Zoo Friends perks, visit the website.