More magical wildlife moments at Perth Zoo under WA Labor

Posted on March 6, 2021
  • A re-elected McGowan Government will invest $30 million into the Perth Zoo Masterplan Project
  • Future zoo will create more magical moments for visitors while giving animals more room to roam
  • New orang-utan enclosure, bear and tiger tunnels and wild vets all part of the plan for future zoo

A re-elected McGowan Labor Government will be the Foundation Partner for Perth Zoo’s future Masterplan Project, investing $30 million to create more roaming room for animals and better experiences for visitors.

The new Perth Zoo Masterplan Project will include a new orang-utan enclosure with highly suspended cable tracks and an O-line, which is an orangutan-only rope transit system between towers. It also features bear and tiger tunnels in the treetops, giving visitors better viewing opportunities and providing more habitat for the animals.

The construction of a conservation centre of excellence, which will include the opportunity to view zoo veterinarians in action, cleaning lion teeth or assessing snakes, will showcase the veterinary hospital to the public.

As part of the Perth Zoo Master Plan, a new conservation precinct will bring together a number of important services to boost research, rehabilitation, breeding, conservation and education. 

The new works are expected to be funded through the State Government’s $30 million contribution, as well as philanthropists, business and the community.

Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:

“Our Perth Zoo has captured the hearts and minds of so many Western Australians.

“I’m committed to making sure we can continue to improve the overall experience of our zoo, so it can continue to be an asset well into the future, right here in South Perth.

“We’re at the beginning of planning for the future zoo for Western Australia, and a re-elected WA Labor Government will invest $30 million into the masterplan project.

“This is an opportunity to re-think and reinvigorate the offerings on our urban zoo site, shaped with the people of Perth and learnings from cutting edge zoo design both in Australia and overseas.

“We want to create a more magical zoo experience for visitors, while also giving the animals a more natural environment and room to roam.

“It is all part of our plan to keep Western Australia strong.”