Perth Zoo cracks new record for visitors

Perth Zoo white-cheeked gibbon Jermei with her newborn at Perth Zoo. Picture: Nadia Budihardjo
Perth Zoo white-cheeked gibbon Jermei with her newborn at Perth Zoo. Picture: Nadia Budihardjo

MORE than 700,000 people visited Perth Zoo last financial year, breaking the previous record from 2015-16.

The new visitation record of 717, 623 people in 2018-19 was a significant boost from the previous record of 695,091.

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said the zoo was committed to saving wildlife and providing the highest level of care for the animals.

“The record-breaking visitation helps support some of this valuable work,” he said.

“There have been many milestones for Perth Zoo over the last 12 months and it’s great to see so many people from WA and all over the world visiting.”

Perth Zoo introduced three otter pups to the public in the past year. Picture: Perth Zoo

Over the past year, Perth Zoo welcomed two lionesses as part of their breeding program, rehabilitated two orphaned wombats and celebrated its 120th birthday.

Births in the past 12 months included three rare otter pups in December 2018, an African cape porcupine in January and a critically endangered white-cheeked gibbon last month.