Baby Animals Warm up Winter at Perth Zoo
The temperature may be dropping, but things are hotting up at Perth Zoo with an animal baby boom!
In the African Savannah, the biggest baby, giraffe calf Kamili is continuing to grow quickly. Currently more than two metres in height she is a delight to watch as she becomes more confident on her long legs and explores the world around her. Kamili is an important addition to the regional giraffe breeding program, helping safeguard a future for her majestic species which has suffered a 40% population decline in the past 30 years.
Photo credit: Alex Asbury
On the boardwalk by the Zoo’s main lake, Suli the Goodfellow’s Tree Kangaroo joey has also been testing out his legs as he clambers out of Mum’s pouch. Visitors may see the young male traversing the branches in his exhibit whilst testing out his arboreal skills.
Native to Papua New Guinea, Goodfellow’s Tree Kangaroos are so endangered that zoos around the world have been working together to coordinate breeding with the aim of reversing their decline. Perth Zoo is also proud to support an organisation in PNG who has literally turned tree kangaroo hunters into protectors, ensuring more of these stunning animals thrive in the wild.
In the Asian Rainforest an otterly adorable litter of four Asian Small-clawed Otter pups have just started to explore outside of their nest boxes.
The three males and one female were born to first time parents, mum, Paddy and dad, Cerdik in April this year. They were born with their eyes closed and spent the first weeks of their lives relying on their parents. The pups are more independent now, and are likely to be seen on family outings.
Asian Small-clawed Otters are a vulnerable species, so it was important that Perth Zoo could successfully introduce the parents who came from Germany and New Zealand to breed pups, adding to the global otter population.
Photo credit: Sherena T Along the primate trail, mini-moustached monkeys, twin Emperor Tamarin babies will be sporting stubble as they start to grow the impressive handlebar moustaches their species is famous for. The tamarins are a favourite for Zoo visitors due to their juvenile agility. The species can often be seen partaking in cheeky primate pursuits, leaping through the trees or foraging for tasty treats.
Along with the Zoo baby boom, visitors can also join in NAIDOC celebrations by discovering the Noongar names of some native Australian animals. Did you know that Waitch means Emu in the Nyoongar language? Children will delight in playing ‘Where’s Waitch’, following the interactive trail around the Zoo to find out more about our Aussie animal friends.
The Zoo Bushwalk will also become a kaleidoscope of colour with a new Aboriginal mural being painted. Watch the mural come to life and meet the artist an Aboriginal man of both Yamatji and Nyoongar ancestry who is dedicated to the ongoing survival of Indigenous culture and traditions.
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