One of my favourite places to visit is Perth Zoo for so many reasons. I love getting out with my two girls and seeing my toddler run around, learn about the animals, get dirty and enjoy the fresh air. There is always so much to see and do - here's my top reasons to love the zoo!
A rhino at home at Perth Zoo
1. The animals, of course!
Some people will argue that animals don’t belong in captivity, but Perth Zoo provides opportunities for families and children to see and meet animals they wouldn’t otherwise get to interact with without flying to the other side of the world. Perth Zoo is also involved in a number of breeding programs aimed at saving critically endangered species. Which leads me to…..
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2.…..The conservation and breeding programs
Perth Zoo is home to an award-winning breeding and research program for threatened native Western Australian fauna. The program has led to over 3,000 zoo-bred animals being released into the wild since 1992.
Perth Zoo Annual Pass card
3. The Perth Zoo Annual Pass!
I take my children to the Perth Zoo once a month thanks to my Annual Pass. It costs $95 for an individual pass and since mine was a birthday gift, essentially it has cost me nothing to enter the Zoo since I received it. You can read more about the Perth Zoo Annual Pass here.
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4. Children under 4 go in for free
I still have another 18 months before my first-born turns 4 and I have to start paying for her, so at the moment, the zoo is a fairly cheap outing for us. It would even be a ‘free’ day out if it wasn’t for my coffee habit or for the fact my daughter recently discovered the ice cream freezer. Hmmm.
5. You can bring in your own food
Unlike some places in Perth that forbid you from bringing in your own food, Perth Zoo has no qualms with you bringing in outside food. They do have a café, Wild Bites, which sells coffee, snacks and light meals, but for a truly cheap outing you can pack a picnic and a rug and enjoy a feast at one of the shaded picnic spots.
6. They have a huge range of activities for children
The Perth Zoo runs lots of activities for children, including:
• A to Zoo, an early learning program for ages 2 to 5 years
• Keeper Kids for ages 5, 6 and 7 years
• Zoo Crew for children aged 8 to 13 years
• Wild Vets, which is aimed at teens between 14 and 18 years and those who may be interested in entering into vet studies or vet nursing
• For more details, read on here
7. Chance to see the animals up close
Perth Zoo provides visitors with the opportunity to here more about the animals, their behaviour and their habitats in a series of talks and activities that happen throughout the day, every day of the week. You can join a free guided bushwalk daily, listen to a talk about the orang-utan or meet some of the reptiles up close! For more information, read on here. You can also take part in the Zoo’s ‘Close Encounter’ activities, in which you could be a zookeeper for an hour, or meet the animals eye to eye. Some events do incur additional costs.
Fancy a walk?
8. I discover something new each visit
Each time I visit the zoo I seem to discover something new. The last time we visited we found a little water play area that my daughter was fascinated with – plus it was handy for washing all the dirt and sand off her legs after the playground. We also found another little playground that I hadn’t noticed before, but we didn’t have time to stop for a play, so we will certainly stop for a look next time!
9. Lots of events happening for kids and adults alike
There are always lots of activities taking place at the zoo for both kids and adults, including Halloween, Christmas, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day events, plus a New Year’s party! You can also hold corporate events and birthday parties at the Zoo!
10. It makes a unique wedding venue!
When I was planning my wedding I visited Perth Zoo as a potential wedding venue. You can get married in a number of gorgeous spots, including the Japanese Garden and at the Elephant Enclosure! Elephants would certainly make for some interesting photos! You can read more here.
There’s so much to love about Perth Zoo! To visit, see the information below.
Essential information Perth Zoo
Address: 20 Labouchere Road, South Perth
Phone: 9474 0444
Opening hours: Open every day 9am to 5pm
Cost of entry: $31 for adults, $24 for concession holders, $15 for children and children under 4 are free. An annual pass is $95 for adults and $56 for children and entitles you to visit as many times as you like in one year.
Getting there: There is parking outside the Zoo and street parking around South Perth. You can also catch the ferry to the South Perth jetty.