Back at the beginning of June, i resolved to do something about diversifying my photography sources beyond Caversham Wildlife Park and Perth Zoo. I thusly drove down to Pinjarra on WA Day to check out Peel Zoo.
Naturally, one of the photographs from that day got posted early by accident – the picture with the devils snuggling up. Peel Zoo is part of an effort to breed an insurance population of Tasmanian devils should Devil Facial Tumour Disease wipe out the current wild devil population as predicted within the next 20 years, and this makes Peel Zoo a particularly good place to visit if you like devils.
It’s also somewhere you can meet tame emus face to face and hand-feed them, which is a pretty rare activity in my experience. The huge walk-in aviary (covered in “enter at your own risk” warnings) is brilliant. Also anywhere that takes tame pythons out of their enclosure and lets them fall asleep on you is definitely OK by me – i had a carpet python and a black-headed python doze off while draped around my shoulders. (I didn’t get photos – i went alone and the black-headed python was partly wrapped around my camera; it took some minor extricating before it could be returned to its home. Silly python.)
Peel Zoo is well worth the hour and a bit journey out of Perth to discover for yourselves. There are animals down at Peel which you plain just can’t see at Perth Zoo or Caversham Wildlife Park, let alone getting up very close in some cases.
The next week and a bit of pictures, starting today and finishing on the 18th, are all from Peel Zoo. This is not to say that there are only nine animals worth seeing at Peel, just that only nine animals (ten if you count the devils) took a good enough photo to make the cut. Actually, only eight of the animals to come yielded a particularly good photo or photoset, but you’ll see why i made an exception in a couple of days.
And yes, the exception involves a quoll. Of course it does. Is the title of this blog not what it is?