Record 717,623 Visitors Welcomed At Perth Zoo In Year 2018-19

Record 717,623 Visitors Welcomed At Perth Zoo In Year 2018-19

Western Australia Minister for Environment Stephen Dawson

Record Number Of Visitors To Perth Zoo

Victor P Taffa

  • Perth Zoo has broken its visitation record with 717,623 visitors in this financial year
  • Zoo visitors enjoyed many highlights over the last 12 months, including the 120th birthday, Zoorassic Park and the arrival of several rare species

Perth Zoo is wrapping up the financial year with its highest visitation on record, welcoming 717,623 people through the gates in the last 12 months.

This is a significant boost from the previous record in the 2015-16 financial year, with 695,091 visitors.

There have been several highlights for the zoo in the last 12 months, including its 120th birthday on October 17, 2018, preluding the arrival of two new lionesses and the opening of their new exhibit.

“There have been many milestones for Perth Zoo over the last 12 months and it’s great to see so many people from Western Australia and all over the world visiting.” Minister for Environment Stephen Dawson said.

“I recently renewed my own family Zoo Friends membership annual pass because it’s great value for regular visitors with entry included 365 days of the year.”

Popular return of Zoorassic Park, featuring life-sized animatronic dinosaurs and megafauna, drew large crowds to Perth Zoo in the spring and summer months. The temporary exhibition was used to highlight the importance of saving current wildlife from extinction.

Perth Zoo also celebrated the births of several rare species in their care, recently introducing the public to:

  • 6 endangered African Painted pups,
  • 3 vulnerable otter pups,
  • 1 critically endangered White-cheeked Gibbon.

Almost one-third of the animals at Perth Zoo are involved in breeding programs to bolster wild populations. Visitors to Perth Zoo help support the care of the animals, through entry ticket sales and Zoo Friends memberships.

Visitation also contributes to valuable medical care for wildlife brought to the zoo’s vet hospital. In the last year, Perth Zoo has rehabilitated two orphaned wombats and hundreds of endangered black cockatoos.