Perth Zoo will temporarily close its doors to visitors today in response to the evolving COVID-19 situation.

The Zoo will monitor the ever-changing situation and take advice from health authorities as to when it will reopen for guests.

Perth Zoo’s Chairperson, Grant Robinson said the Zoo had not been closed a day in its 122-year history, so the decision was not made lightly.

“Although the COVIOD-19 risk is low in an open-air environment like a zoological park, it is important for Perth Zoo to be a leader in our community and prioritise the health and wellbeing of our staff and visitors.”

“This is a precautionary measure, but the safety of everyone who uses our Zoo is our priority.”

“Throughout the period of closure, our staff will remain onsite caring for the 1300 animals who call Perth Zoo home and looking after our beautiful botanic estate.”

“We also recognise that the Zoo is not just a place for people to come and look at animals. It is part of the fabric of the WA community.”

“The Zoo offers an escape from the outside world and is a tranquil environment to de-stress and reconnect with nature. This is very important for many during this uncertain time.

“While the Zoo is closed, the public is encouraged to stay virtually connected to our animals through our social media channels and website.”

“We look forward to re-opening to provide sanctuary to animals and visitors soon,” said Mr Robinson.