For the first time in 122 years, Perth Zoo will close its doors to visitors.

The decision was not made lightly, according to Perth Zoo Chairperson, Grant Robinson.

“Although the COVID-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,” he said in a statement.

“This is a precautionary measure, but the safety of everyone who uses our zoo is our priority.”

He said that staff will remain onsite caring for the 1300 animals at the zoo.

“The Zoo offers an escape from the outside world and is a tranquil environment to de-stress and reconnect with nature,” the statement continued.

“This is very important for many during this uncertain time.

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“While the Zoo is closed, the public is encouraged to stay virtually connected to our animals through our social media channels and website.”

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