A modern zoo is a complex business. There is a lot more going on ‘behind-the-scenes’ than many people imagine. Only one-third of Perth Zoo’s staff work directly with the animals you see when you visit – the majority work in other areas supporting the important conservation and tourism work being done here. Read on to find out about Perth Zoo’s vision and values, our strategic planning, our history, our governance, our jobs and our high-profile media stories. Perth Zoo gets hands-on in wildlife conservation, at home and beyond our borders. One simple vision inspires and directs our work – a world where diversity of species and habitats is secure.
The role and purpose of zoos have changed enormously in recent decades. Perth Zoo – in collaboration with scientific agencies, governments and other conservation partners – plays a part in the much bigger picture of the conservation of our natural world. We contribute directly to the preservation of species and habitat diversity while also providing visitors with the opportunity to encounter the natural world and become involved in conservation.
A world where diversity of species and habitats are secure.
To create a passion for wildlife, inspiring people to act for conservation and save species
We aim to connect people with nature, inspire in people a passion for conservation and provide links and practical means [here at the Zoo and beyond our borders] for individuals to become involved in conservation. We role-model environmental sustainability and promote ways that our visitors can contribute to conservation by creating a learning environment and providing opportunities for visitor involvement.
Zoo conservation ‘beyond our borders’
The Conservation Strategy of the World Association of Zoos & Aquaria (WAZA) calls on zoos worldwide to integrate all aspects of their work with field conservation activity. Perth Zoo is well ahead of this mandate with our acclaimed native species breed-for-release program, fundraising support of global conservation programs, cooperation with other zoos, conservation and research organisations, and the world first relocation of zoo-born orangutans into protected habitat in Sumatra. We aim to further expand our support in the future by partnering in similar breed-for-release programs for exotic species. Our cooperation will extend to human development agencies, overseas governments and local communities since a successful project can make a difference not only to wildlife conservation but also to associated human communities by improving employment, education and basic living conditions, as well as helping to change people’s attitudes to the importance of the natural world. See the Conservation section for details of field conservation work supported by Perth Zoo.