The current coronavirus pandemic has robbed us of many of life’s joys – ones we won’t bother listing because you’re living it.
Among the myriad activities we’re depriving ourselves in our on-going efforts to #FlattenTheCurve has been going to the Perth Zoo.
At the time, Perth Zoo Chairperson Grant Robinson remarked the Zoo had not been closed a single day in 122 years, and that it was a precautionary measure not made lightly: “Although the COVIOD-19 risk is low in an open-air environment like a zoological park, it is important for Perth Zoo to be a leader in our community and prioritise the health and wellbeing of our staff and visitors.”
Robinson also mentioned that whilst closed to the public, the Zoo staff will remain on site to care for the 1300 animals who live there, noting that the “The Zoo offers an escape from the outside world and is a tranquil environment to de-stress and reconnect with nature. This is very important for many during this uncertain time.”
Fortunately for us, in the days since it closed, we’ve been treated to new content almost daily from the zoo keepers, taking us behind the scenes of various enclosures.
So far we’ve been up-close-and-personal with the Asian elephants, privy to python feeding time and watched the Bolivian Squirrel Monkeys engage in some serious romping.
Most recently we were taken behind the scenes of the giraffe exhibit: