A walk on the wild side

Pert Zoo senior vet Simone Vitali feeds the giraffes. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d427049
Pert Zoo senior vet Simone Vitali feeds the giraffes. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d427049

The Perth Zoo senior vet has held the job that is sought after by animal lovers across the State for more than 15 years and will be sharing her story at an event at the zoo tomorrow.

From giraffes towering over her to baby gibbons that could fit in her hand, Dr Vitali has seen and cared for all the wild women in the zoo.

Dr Vitali said she would be introducing people to the wild women who live at the zoo.

‘I’ll be talking about the female animals that I have worked with who have interesting stories,’ she said.

While Dr Vitali will discuss life as a vet, Perth Zoo board member Nicole Moody will talk about her recent trip to Sumatra to experience first-hand the projects that the WA community funds through the Perth Zoo.

Ms Moody spent about a week deep in the jungle with no electricity, no running water and no toilets, but said the experience was ‘amazing’.

‘We saw a couple of projects that are funded by the community here, including the Sumatra rhinos,’ she said.

‘There are fewer than 200 of them left in the wild so we went to look at the sanctuaries there.’

One of the highlights of the trip was visiting the orang-utan jungle school.

She said there were two projects funded there, one in which the orang-utans are rescued and taught to be wild again and one where they are released to the wild and tracked.

‘It was so amazing to see these orang-utans who had virtually been pets, taught jungle skills and then released,’ she said.

‘Some of them had gone on to have babies, which is great.’

‘It was so fantastic to go along and actually see first-hand these projects.’

Wild Women
WHEN: October 15
WHERE: Perth Zoo
TIME: 2pm
TICKETS: $95 at www.trybooking.com