This wasn’t on the To-Do list when I travelled to Perth. I happened to be in Kings Park and was pointed over to the clump of trees in the middle of the city that was the zoo. Didn’t look real as it looked too tiny. You know tiny as in middle-of-the-city, no room, came-directly-from-a-cartoon tiny.
But Perth Zoo is anything but tiny. Even when writing this I still cant wrap my head around how they managed to fit so many animals [and trails] into this seemingly small space and at $31 for an adult ticket, it seems to be overly priced for such a small zoo, right?
Turns out, it was worth every penny.
The one thing I wasn’t expecting was the non-paying talks by zookeepers. We watched the Memphis, the rhino, take a mud bath while learning about to learn about the species and everything that effect them (of course, poaching was key)
A few of the enclosures aren’t enclosures, but they have visitors walk into their territory. And one such territory trespassing that would give most people pause, is the Kangaroos and Wallabies. If you’re like me, you’re probably wondering don’t Kangaroos kill people?? Are you insane!! Why would you walk into their territory?! But turns out they can’t be bothered with you, you’d be lucky if you get a mildly interested ear twitch from them.
The bird section is also a pretty walking-in-their-territory part. You get all these pretty little blue birds flying around your head and grey small running birds zipping in-and-out of bushes and plants right beside you.
Top Three Tips
Tip #1 – wear runners. I know it’s Australia and an average day the temperature is hitting the 30s, but wear comfortable shows, your feet will thank you for it. There’s A LOT of walking and a LOT of hills.
Tip #2 – go early. Not eleven, midday or one. First thing in the morning is needed. With no proper reading of signs and missing a few animals due to them not being findable and missing the entire nocturnal section due to my companion’s fear of bats, we barely got out before closing.
Tip #3 – The best time to go is weekdays during the school term. This means that there’s no crowds! You get to see everything and watch most of the talks!
Price: Adult $31
Best time: Early morning. The earlier the better.