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New faces as Zoo to re-open its doors

After nearly three months of closure, the Perth Zoo will reopen to the public tomorrow as part of the State’s continual recovery from the COVID-19 virus.

After nearly three months of closure, the Perth Zoo will reopen to the public tomorrow as part of the State’s continual recovery from the COVID-19 virus.

But it won’t be just human faces that will be new to the iconic zoo, with there being somewhat of a ‘baby boom’ behind closed doors.

A Javan Gibbon baby, two squirrel monkey babies, otter pups, emperor tamarin infants and more than 50 western swamp tortoise hatchlings are among the new tenants ready to welcome intrigued onlookers.

Despite there being no limit on the amount of visitors, Perth Zoo are still taking appropriate measures to protect the public and its employees from Coronavirus.

Visitors will need an online reservation and pre-purchased ticket which will ensure there is no cash handling at the Zoo entry and enable a mechanism for contact tracing by health authorities if required.

In preparation for the return of guests, the Zoo has:

  • laid physical distancing ‘paw prints’ in various areas,
  • installed multiple hygiene stations throughout the Zoo grounds,
  • implemented one-way traffic flow in some areas,
  • temporarily cancelled keeper talks but created virtual keeper presentations which can be watched on guests’ personal devices,
  • temporarily closed indoor exhibits including the Nocturnal House and Australian Reptile encounter; and
  • completed mandatory COVID safe training.

Environment minister Stephen Dawson welcomed the reopening of the estate to the public after a long closure.

“Many people in the community have greatly missed coming to the Zoo, myself included. I am also told many of the Zoo animals have missed the public,” Mr Dawson said.

Mr Dawson also praised the efforts of those behind the scenes who have tended to the animals during the COVID-19 period.

“Our Zoo sits on an expansive 19-hectare site and is a safe open-air environment for families to reconnect with nature, keep children engaged and active and de-stress after what has been an anxious time for many,” he said.

“While the Zoo has been closed, our dedicated zoologists and horticulturists have been tending to the 1,300 hundred animals that call Perth Zoo home and also the botanic estate, ensuring that the Zoo is ready for the return of guests.”

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