Perth Zoo’s giraffe viewing tower opens for eye-level experience

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson and Armani the giraffe try the new viewing tower. Picture: Nadia Budihardjo
Environment Minister Stephen Dawson and Armani the giraffe try the new viewing tower. Picture: Nadia Budihardjo

SEEING eye-to-eye with the world’s tallest animals has been made possible at Perth Zoo with improvements to the giraffe enclosure viewing tower.

A newly upgraded African savannah tower overlooking the giraffe exhibit was opened today to celebrate the first birthday of Kamili the giraffe.

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Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said works on the African savannah tower has been ongoing in recent months.

“Since Kamili arrived, we wanted to make sure that we could make the experience better and give people an opportunity to get up close and personal,” he said.

“There was a different tower, much taller, so you weren’t actually getting closer to the giraffes.”

Visitors to the zoo have to purchase a giraffe experience to use the new platform.

Mr Dawson said the giraffe experience helps conservation works at Perth Zoo, including its world-renowned breeding program.

“Kamili is a really important animal in terms of breeding stock, she may not be in Perth Zoo for the long term,” he said.

“I’m hoping more West Australians and more visitors will take the opportunity to go on an eye-to-eye experience to see the animals up close.

“It is hoped the improved attraction will help educate people about these amazing animals.”

More information on giraffe encounters, visit https://perthzoo.wa.gov.au/close-encounter/giraffe-eye-eye

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