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Published: June 21st 2013
Junior baboon is grooming the adult producing a look of sheer delight.
Do you like visiting the zoo? I do, Marg does, but we had one grandchild that was a little uncertain, but came along anyway.
Most major cities, and indeed some smaller centres run zoos, some formal, some more like a safari park.
Perth Zoo is formalish, located in beautiful park lands with well signposted paths and maps pointing to the various types of animals/birds etc. You do need to put aside a whole day for the visit. We walked for 5 hours and still skipped big chunks of the park. Many Perth families become 'Friends of the Zoo' and can come and go as often as they wish, but for visitors that's not practical.
We were impressed by the park even before we looked at the interesting creatures in their displays. The trees and shrubs are a real credit. You will find a couple of photos of ponds within the park and see the beautiful reflections.
The variety of creatures is great also. Some animals are here as part of endangered species protection co-ordinated around the world. Perth Zoo is very proud of a recent release back into the wild of Orangutan.
Other displays are there
Sharing a confidence
A gibbon tender moment
as an education base for Australian creatures such as reptiles and spiders, particularly the species to be avoided! Some are venomous, others just deadly predators like the salt water and fresh water crocs.
Then there is a mixture birds, both tropical and water birds. Amongst the tropical birds there are breading pairs of parrots that seem to defy the traditional trend of colourful males and dull females. Also owls and tawny frog mouth birds - interesting characters in their own right.
The Nocturnal House is a must where you will find some of Australia's little fury creatures like the Sugar Glider, Spotted Quoll, native Rat etc. My photos are very red - that's because the nocturnal displays are lit red, and no flash guns are allowed to be used. The light is also quite low, so the pictures are a little grainy. Marg and I have played with photo editing software to make the images more natural - sometimes successful, sometimes not. So I have stuck with red images.
After 5 hours of walking and lots of talking and many photos taken, we drove home and you will see the result of a great day out in
This colony of lima were very active scooting around the trees in their island resort.
the very last photo in this blog.
Would we go back again? YES.
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