Perth Zoo South Perth
Where is it at?
20 Labouchere Rd
Tel: 8 9474 0444
Where are we going today?
Perth Zoo is one of the world's leading conservation zoos, and at more than 100-years-old, it is a West Australian icon! So if you're in Perth, you should definitely make a stop!
The animal collection at Perth Zoo is diverse, with about 170 species, and around 1200 animals - and it's where the animal world comes to YOU!
The modern exhibits emphasise and encourage the natural behaviours, so kids will be able to really see how the animals act as they should. Because of this, kids, you might need to be patience with some animals!
Kids will be able to see some of their favourite animals around Perth Zoo, but they also might learn about some new species they haven't heard of before! Have you ever seen an Asian elephant up close, or watched a Komodo Dragon make it's way around?
The African Savannah is calling with those creatures you know and love, from the grand lion, to the tallest of giraffe and the Plains Zebra. You might feel like you are on safari!
But have you ever seen a Fennec Fox in action, or a Hamadryas Baboon? Now is your chance!
South African animals are waiting too, from the cute primates including the tamarin and marmoset, but also iconic creatures such as the Galapagos Tortoise.
But it's not just creatures from across the waters that you can see at Perth Zoo. In fact, there are some creatures from our very own backyard within the zoo - and you might be surprised what lives nearby! You can meet the Estuarine Crocodile, and the Numbat, and even the quite Quokka.
Don't miss the nocturnal house because they are filled with those creatures you might never see - because they are awake when you're asleep!
The gardens are also an integral part of the Perth Zoo experience with many significant plantings including trees over 100 years old. The grounds include an impressive collection of local flora including Western Australian wild flower displays in spring (from September through October), as well as a Rainforest Retreat containing more than 5,000 plants and one of the finest collections of palms in southern Australia.
So why not spend the day with animals from all over the world, and teach kids about conversation, the environment, and nature! It's a WILD family day out!
How much does it cost?
- Children$14 (Ages 4-15 years)
- Free Under: 4 years.
When can we go?
9am - 5pm daily.
All year round. Closes at 4pm New Years Eve.
Perth Zoo provides global as well local environmental education opportunities for your students so why not book a field trip and take the kids on a journey around the creatures of the world!.
They have snacks, drinks and meals at the Wild Bites cafe! They have cakes, wraps, sushi, sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, and more!.
They have free electric BBQs and picnic tables for you to use..
Any Top Tips?
Items such as chips, lollies, bread, nuts and even fruit can be disastrous for some animals if thrown into their exhibits. Ignoring their request not to feed the animals could mean sickness and even death for your favourite animal..
Doing our bit
Perth Zoo is an accredited member of the Zoo and Aquarium Association (ZAA). The accreditation program assesses facilities and standards in zoos and ensures that ZAA members meet agreed standards..
Need a little extra help?
There are disabled toilets in the zoo, and they offer wheelchairs. There is an accessibility map too which shows you the different areas that focus on certain types of disability .
They have baby change facilities behind the information centre, and the cafe. You can hire a 2 seater wagon to pull small children along in too.
Can I get one of those?
From paw prints to memberships, soft toys to Snareware, the gift shop supports the zoo, so why not grab those educational items, or toys and help them - and you!.
The Information Centre is open until 3pm daily and can provide the latest news on presentations, exhibits and animals. Just inside the entrance and filled with everything you need to know to start your day..
What people are saying?
by Paul Blackburn
We loved it here. The price was good ($27 per adult), the animals looked happy enough with nice enclosures, and the guides were helpful and friendly.
Plenty of free experiences, like talks and feedings, with a timetable for each so you know when and where to be.
We took our own food to save money, so can't comment on restaurant prices. Not that they were open when we were there!
Great day out, get yourself down to the zoo!
by Robert Spencer
One on my favourite zoos. Good selection of animals, set in lovely gardens.
by Jericho Bullecer
not bad, liked the kangaroos and koalas, this zoo should have an animal show like in singapore zoo and also our $10 for giraffe feeding is wasted, the giraffe didnt come :(
by Dave Armstrong
Have to agree with Phillip. Loved the zoo when I was a kid, and I'm sure they're still doing great things with their breeding programs etc. But walking around on the weekend with the girlfriend it looks like it was last renovated in the 1980's. Dark brown paint peeling off of everything, cracked tarmac pavement, it made me feel like I should be wearing footy shorts and a flannel hat. Its got all of the animals and facilities it needs to be a great zoo, but it needs to get some designers and renovators in there to bring the decor forward a couple...Read More
by Phillip Stewart
going to the Perth Zoo with some friends after many years since first initially going was a sure exiting feeling, I could not wait ,often making me wonder what new things they had in store and what fresh updates it had to offer. so after spending a day there, even though it was enjoyable, it got boring after the first hour, nothing had changed at all, it was still the same old quite Zoo, this left us kind of disappointed, as we were expecting more entertainment options, the only thing we could do was walk around and look at the same animals, to...Read More
by Dave Armstrong
Have to agree with Phillip. Loved the zoo when I was a kid, and I'm sure they're still doing great things with their breeding programs etc. But walking around on the weekend with the girlfriend it looks like it was last renovated in the 1980's. Dark brown paint peeling off of everything, cracked tarmac pavement, it made me feel like I should be wearing footy shorts and a flannel hat. Its got all of the animals and facilities it needs to be a great zoo, but it needs to get some designers and renovators in there to bring the decor forward a couple of decades to make it really outstanding.
Ditto with the food, 1980's tuckshop fare, theres a coffee shop in there now which is a great step in the right direction, walking around with a hot coffee was a real treat, but crumbed chicken strips on chips was a blast from the past. 60c for a packet of sauce luv. Let a grill'd burger or a couple of other kinds of franchises in there and it'd make all the difference. Good food in a zoo would be a real treat.
It just feels tired and its a real shame, its a landmark. I hope they get some fresh energy and ideas in there real soon. A zoo is a zoo. Conservation projects are fantastic, but if its not a good zoo first and foremost I'm really worried if it will be there for my kids to go and visit.
Just while I'm at it. Was reading how there used to be a hot spring on site and a railway. Spa for mum while dad takes the kids around the zoo and a monorail... I mean the peices are all right there, I just wish they'd seize the opportunities. Fitting the states largest solar array is great, and a noble thing to do, but I'm really not seeing how it helps attract visitors. Fresh paint would go a lot further atm.
by Phillip Stewart
going to the Perth Zoo with some friends after many years since first initially going was a sure exiting feeling, I could not wait ,often making me wonder what new things they had in store and what fresh updates it had to offer. so after spending a day there, even though it was enjoyable, it got boring after the first hour, nothing had changed at all, it was still the same old quite Zoo, this left us kind of disappointed, as we were expecting more entertainment options, the only thing we could do was walk around and look at the same animals, to which most of them were no where to be found in their enclosures, and then listened to quick talks about select few animals.we even had to think out what to do next.
the atmosphere was very dull, and there wasn't much keeping us there other than what we came for, just a simple ordinary plain Zoo, I wished there would be more things to keep us there, like for example, more facilities and events to liven the place up, engage the audience and make learning more fun.
now don't get me wrong, I had a nice time & thought it was a very nice day out and since I have a passion for animals, that made it even more great,seeing the animals being lazy and all that :D. so you should absolutely go and check them out for yourself, just don't expect anything amazing or different there to see and do. it's nothing that special :)