The Governor holding Tortoises
The Governor holding a baby Western Swamp Tortoise

Perth Zoo welcomed the Governor to showcase new arrivals

The Governor toured Perth Zoo‘s conservation breed-for-release program to see the 50 new Western Swamp Tortoise hatchlings which are one of Australia’s most endangered reptiles.

The Governor also viewed the Dibbler Breeding Area where its inhabitants will soon be released at Dirk Hartog Island. Dibblers are small marsupials now only found in two isolated pockets of WA. Perth Zoo has the only breeding program in the world for this carnivorous marsupial!

Zoologist Cathy introduced these precious critters to the Governor and highlighted the importance of breeding programs like the one at Perth Zoo. Cathy’s passion for the work she and other zoologists do was obvious for all to see.

The Governor also met Puteri the female orangutan who celebrated her 50th birthday last Friday. Puteri is the oldest female orangutan at Perth Zoo and mother to Temara, who made history as the first zoo-born orangutan to be released into the wild in 2006.

Rediscover Perth Zoo and its inspirational conservation work. Before you plan to visit, make sure to organise your pre-purchased ticket for entry –

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