Animal lover back where it all began

Anna Le Souef earned her PhD researching cockatoo behaviour. Picture: Elle Borgward www.communitypix.com.au d422817
Anna Le Souef earned her PhD researching cockatoo behaviour. Picture: Elle Borgward www.communitypix.com.au d422817

More than 100 years later, Ernest’s great granddaughter ” a Murdoch University Research Fellow ” would take a role as a vet at the zoo, keeping the family’s deep love of animals alive.

‘I have always had a love for animals but it is a bit of a coincidence I ended up here,’ 33-year-old Anna Le Souef said.

‘My grandpa was born here (in the zoo house) so I grew up with stories about the zoo when I was little.’

Ernest came to Perth in 1897 to take his post as zoo director and as financial support was inadequate, he was also architect, landscape gardener and road constructor.

In 1898, he bought animals in the eastern colonies for the opening of the zoo in October that year.

He also spent time as a lecturer in charge of the department of veterinary science and ran free veterinary classes for farmers at the zoo.

‘I have just always had a passion for animals and I always knew I wanted to work with wildlife,’ Anna said of the family interest.