A modern zoo is a complex business. There is a lot more going on ‘behind-the-scenes’ than many people imagine.
Only one-third of Perth Zoo’s staff work directly with the animals you see when you visit – the majority work in other areas supporting the important conservation and tourism work being done here. Read on to find out about Perth Zoo’s vision and values, our strategic planning, our history, our governance, our jobs and our high-profile media stories.
Role of the Zoo
One clear ‘vision’ inspires and directs our work – a world in which diversity of species and habitats is secure. Sounds simple, but achieving it is the biggest challenge we face.
Over twelve decades, Perth Zoo has grown from a place of recreation and fascination to one of education, conservation and inspiration. Echoes of our foundation years can still be found within our beautiful grounds.
Perth Zoo is administered by the Zoological Parks Authority. We embrace the principles of equity and inclusiveness and recognise Australia’s first Peoples as the earliest caretakers of our native fauna and habitats.
We recognise our responsibility as a premier zoological, tourism and natural heritage institution in the State as well as the place we hold in the hearts of many Western Australians. As such, we offer opportunities to work or volunteer with us, undertake research, get some work experience or study here for a career in conservation.
Perth Zoo exists to inspire and act for wildlife conservation – through our care of animals, our environmental responsibility and our service to you. We act for wildlife conservation by working beyond our borders and into the very environments we want to protect.
Perth Zoo is an agency of the Western Australian State Government and we report on our programs and successes every year. We do this electronically to be sustainable. Please help us by reading this PDF online or printing double-sided on recycled paper.