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A Future Vision for Perth Zoo

The Zoo that moves with you

The Zoo that moves with you

We’re at the beginning of planning your future zoo, a zoo that moves with you, and we want you to join us on this journey.

Post the passing of elderly Asian Elephant, Tricia, our two younger elephants will be moved to other zoos to benefit from being within a herd setting. This provides the opportunity to re-think and reinvigorate the offerings on our urban zoo site. 

Our vision is to create more magical wildlife moments for you while giving our animals more room to roam. Initial ideas for Perth Zoo are based on innovative concepts already used at international zoos which would allow you to delve further into our world than ever before. 

This is your zoo, so we want you to be part of our evolution. Get involved by leaving feedback on our community engagement portal embedded further down the page. Community consultation will close 1 December. Your feedback and further research will then be used to develop a 20-year master plan. 

To discover more about our exciting future, please scroll down. 

Perth Zoo, a zoo that moves with you!

Donate to your future Zoo

When you donate, you are helping us build a better zoo.

We’ll turn our vision into a reality via a series of staged developments. Donations made now, will help us launch the first stage of the new plan.

This is your Zoo, thank you for helping to shape its future.

Red-tailed Black Cockatoo on a branch at Perth Zoo
Entry Village

We may change direction. We could reorient the Zoo so that visitors enter from the Windsor Park side of Perth Zoo, providing immersion in nature right from the outset. Iconic WA bird species could provide a cacophony of voices from the Zoo, heralding your arrival and setting the scene for a wild adventure.

Vets working on an animal
Wild Vets

Imagine seeing inside the veterinary hospital. Watch our experts clean a lion’s teeth or assess a snake and see conservation medicine in action to help animals thrive. With your support we could build a conservation centre of excellence, showcasing what we do together to save wildlife. It would be something WA can be proud of!

A tiger walking above onlookers
Bear and Tiger Tunnels

They’re on the prowl. The big cats and Sun Bears could have more room to roam thanks to treetop tunnels, an idea based on cutting edge international zoo design. It would provide more habitat for them while visitors would have better viewing opportunities to appreciate these majestic animals.

baby orangutan hanging from a rope
People of the Forest

Together we could build a zoo that gives our world renowned orangutan colony more room to swing. O-lines, highly suspended cable tracks, would give the great apes the choice to traverse the open skies while giving guests a better look at one of our closest relatives.

Savannah precinct plan
Rotating the View

Learning from our international zoo colleagues, our exhibits could be designed to rotate animals through different areas so that no two days were ever the same for you or them. Will there be a giraffe or rhino at the waterhole? Imagine having to stop at a real life zebra crossing as they trot across the pathway to another yard. Constantly moving. Constantly different. The Zoo that moves with you!

A gibbon walking through and open tunnel
Primate Pursuits

Monkey mayhem! The primate habitat could be expanded to include exploration tree top tunnels. With your support, visitors could delight in watching them partake in cheeky primate pursuits, leaping and foraging for insects and tasty treats, right above your head!

Have your say

For 120 years, Perth Zoo has been part of the community’s story. We celebrate our status as a world leading conservation zoo, but it is vital that we don’t stand still. That’s why we want to work with you to create your future zoo, a zoo that moves with you. 

WA locals make up the majority of Zoo visitors, this is your zoo, so it is important that we involve you in this wild journey with us. This will be a long-term plan for our special Zoo site in South Perth, and will guide what happens there for 15-20 years. It’s important we get it right.

We're therefore using the Social Pinpoint tool to seek your views on possible opportunities for your future zoo. We invite you to explore the experiences on the map below and welcome you to leave your thoughts and comments.

The community comment period will be open until 1 December 2018.

Thanks to Zoos Victoria, Smithsonian's National Zoo, Philadelphia Zoo, St Louis Zoo, Woodland Park Zoo, Adelaide Zoo/Zoos South Australia and Wellington Zoo for providing images and footage, and inspiring future ideas for Perth Zoo.