As tomorrow is accreditation day, the weather today was “fine” and there is rain forecast from Wednesday through Saturday, I spent a few hours at the Perth Zoo instead of at the pool. I pretty much confined my activities to the Reptile House, Nocturnal House, and Australian Bushwalk. And that took me over three hours! Cross-training, right?
The Australian exhibits are beautifully set up, there are walk through aviaries shaded by trees as well as fabric, an Eastern Australia rainforest walk, important flora is labelled as well as the fauna, and the volunteers are knowledgeable and helpful. The kangaroos are roped off (although there are plenty of signs asking people to stay on the path!) allowing unobstructed vision. All the “roos” on show are female for safety reasons. I saw one grooming another and snapped the picture above. The volunteer admitted that doesn’t ordinarily happen, but on closer inspection, noted that one was the offspring of the other. I am not sure there are many animals that relax better than kangaroos.
The koalas are safely sequestered in a sunken exhibit, but their treetops are easy to view. They have two “thumbs” to help them grip.