Perth Zoo celebrates 120th birthday

Kamili was born at Perth Zoo on March 7.
Kamili was born at Perth Zoo on March 7.

PERTH Zoo is celebrating its 120th birthday today and is celebrating by offering free entry to anyone who shares its birthday.

The Zoo has come a long way in 120 years, it opened on October 17, 1898 under founding Director, Ernest Le Souef.

It has never closed since it opened, even through the Great Depression.

Early exhibits would be described today as primitive and included a reptile house, bear caves, a guinea pig castle, aviaries, monkey and mammal houses.

In its first year, the Zoo was home to an impressive 488 animals including an orangutan, two monkeys, a pair of lions and one tiger.

In comparison, in 2016 there were 1530 individual animals and 163 species a Perth Zoo.

Over the years Community News has covered many stories at Perth Zoo, here are some of our favourites. 

Perth Zoo has an adorable new family member after a baby giraffe was born there for the first time since 2012.

READ MORE: The female giraffe calf was born to mother Kitoto and bull Armani at 5.29pm on Wednesday, March 7.

Two matriarchs of Perth Zoo – Tricia the elephant and Puan the Sumatran orangutan – celebrated their respective birthdays with specially made cakes.

READ MORE: Tricia, who was born in Vietnam but arrived at Perth Zoo via Singapore in 1963, turned 61-years-old and Puan turned 62. 

Perth Zoo has released its third orang-utan in the wild after eight-year-old Nyaru was set free into a protected Indonesian rainforest.

READ MORE: The release of Perth Zoo-born Nyaru into the Bukit Tigapuluh ecosystem on August 2 came after he spent 12 weeks in the Zoo’s funded sanctuary to acclimatise to the Sumatran environment.

The meerkat kit stolen from Perth Zoo on has been returned to its manor.

READ MORE: Police are questioning a man and a woman after finding the baby meerkat in the Wheatbelt about 48 hours after zoo officials raised the alarm that the animal was missing.

One of Perth Zoo’s oldest residents blew out the candles as he celebrated a significant milestone.

READ MORE: Cerro the Galapagos Tortoise celebrated his 50th birthday yesterday with a specially made cake.