Heed the call of the wild and enter a world of exotic animal wonders. Out of the shadows of thick foliage you can see tree-dwelling gibbons. Hear the splash of otters in rivers streams, the rumble of tigers and elephants and discover the ‘person of the forest’.
Asian Elephants are smaller than African Elephants and have smoother, darker skin and smaller ears. They also have a single, finger-like projection on their trunks, whereas the African Elephant has two.
The Asian Small-clawed Otter is the smallest of the otters. Its short, sleek coat is dark brown. This species of otter can be seen ‘playing’ with sticks and pebbles.
The Komodo Dragon is the largest lizard in the world today. It has sharp claws which it uses to attack its prey, dig resting holes and fight other lizards.
Pandas have a false thumb on each hand which helps them to hold onto bamboo stems and leaves and have partially retractable claws which help them to climb. Red Pandas are mostly nocturnal and solitary but they form pairs during the breeding season.
Orangutans have a coarse, shaggy reddish coat. Males look very different to females. An adult male is larger and has a throat pouch and flanges (cheek pads) on either side of its face. Perth Zoo has successfully bred 29 orangutans since 1970.
The Sumatran Tiger is the smallest of the tiger sub-species. This smaller size allows it to move through the forest quickly. There are now estimated to be only 400–500 Sumatran Tigers left in the wild.
Sun Bears have very short, smooth fur that varies from black to grey. The name Sun Bear comes from the yellow rising sun shaped patch on their chest. Habitat destruction and poaching are major threats to the Sun Bear.
Male and female White-cheeked Gibbons have different coloured fur. The male’s body is covered with black fur, with white cheeks and a black crest on its head. The female is a golden colour with a black face and no crest.