Amazing Amazonia opens at Perth Zoo
Visitors to Perth Zoo these school holidays will be amongst the first to explore a new precinct, ‘Amazonia’, home to some amazing animals from the South American Amazon.
The newly refurbished area is home to six inquisitive South American Coati’s, a breeding pair of Golden Lion Tamarins and two cheeky Bolivian Squirrel Monkeys.
Perth Zoo’s Supervisor of Zoology, Holly Thompson, said: “The Amazon is the world’s largest rainforest and home to some remarkable wildlife. This revamped precinct gives Perth locals and visitors an opportunity to get up close and learn more about three fascinating species from that area.”
“Moving house is always hard work and it’s certainly been a busy start to the year moving the animals in. So far they’re all enjoying climbing through the trees, even the coati who’ve been foraging for insects up high in the branches.
“Our Coatis arrived last year from Melbourne Zoo and have been behind the scenes until we renovated this area for them. We’re so excited to finally share them with our visitors.
“The boys provide endless enjoyment, they’re very mischievous and intelligent, and we were even able to train them to go into transport boxes for the move which made it a stress free experience for all involved.”
Perth Zoo has also recently welcomed two Golden Lion Tamarins from Melbourne Zoo, eight year old male ‘Ovo’ and six year old female ‘Lyra’ which now call Amazonia home.
“With their golden silky manes, these primates are truly a stunning species but sadly endangered and have become a flagship species highlighting the demise of their tropical rainforest home.”
“We definitely hope that Ovo and Lyra produce babies and contribute to the global insurance population. It’s all about providing a safety-net against extinction,” said Holly.
Perth Zoo’s resident bachelor Bolivian Squirrel Monkeys ‘Marvin’ and ‘Kyle’ also reside in the new Amazonia precinct. “You will probably hear Marvin and Kyle before seeing them as they chirp and cluck in search of insects,” said Holly.
Perth Zoo is committed to the conservation of animals from South America through breeding programs and community education.