Perth Zoo unveils peace pole created by local primary school students


Curator Bill Waterer, John Curtin College students Lucy Jakob-Boyle and Gethim Thomas with Margaret River High School student Maeve O'’Leary and Blue Gum Montessori School students Malu Stewart, (front) Fletcher Horrocks and Hannah Purdy. Picture: Matt Jelonek
Curator Bill Waterer, John Curtin College students Lucy Jakob-Boyle and Gethim Thomas with Margaret River High School student Maeve O'’Leary and Blue Gum Montessori School students Malu Stewart, (front) Fletcher Horrocks and Hannah Purdy. Picture: Matt Jelonek

AMONG the sounds of the jungle, a slice of peace has been introduced at the Perth Zoo.

The peace pole, created by students from around 10 Perth schools, was unveiled at the zoo on November 3.

Perth Zoo discovery and learning manager Caroline Arthur said the project started after conservation organisation Roots for Shoots WA approached them do something for the International Day of Peaceon September 21.

“The students from each of the schools designed a panel and we asked them to convey their love of nature,” she said.

“The theme for this year’s International Day of Peace was the building blocks for peace and the goals for sustainability and we have a strong focus on environmental education.”

Ms Arthur said the Zoo and the students were pleased with the pole, which had been placed on the main lawn.

“We had 60 students from the schools come to the unveiling and they were all impressed with it,” she said.