Caversham Wildlife Park & Zoo is a private wildlife park located about 20 kilometres from the centre of Perth. The park started in 1987 with a small collection of animals and birds on a two hectare property. In May 2003 the park relocated to Whiteman Park. The park now features about 200 species and more than 2000 animals all housed in walk through or walk in enclosures. The park runs a breeding program and has bred Wombats, Tasmanian Devils, Koalas, Grass Owls and Cassowaries. The park is owned by David and Pat Thorn.
At Caversham, you can see koalas, and have your photo taken standing next to the koalas. Take as many photos as you like – there is no extra charge. You can feed the Kangaroos in the walk through Kangaroo enclosure. There are a number of interactive shows each day including the “Farm Show” and “Meet Wombats and Friends Show”. At the Wombat and friends show you will get up close to various animals including a wombat, kangaroos, cockatoos and snakes, and have opportunities to be photographed with the animals. At the Farm Show you can see sheep shearing, sheep dogs demonstrations, stockmen on horseback, swinging the billy, whip cracking, feeding lambs and cattle milking. There are also camel rides (additional cost) and an interactive farmyard where you can wander around with the farm animals, and feed them with food provided by the staff.
There are picnic areas, barbecues and a restaurant available within Whiteman Park, just a few minutes walk away.
Whiteman Park itself is rich in wildlife. Hundreds of water birds use ‘Horse Swamp’ as a breeding ground. Sacred ibis, herons, black swans and several duck species can be seen in the wet months and there is a bird hide for viewing. The most easily seen mammal in Whiteman Park is the Western Grey Kangaroo – there are about 800 of them in the Park. Whiteman Park is also a habitat for the less commonly seen Echidna, Southern Brown Bandicoot, the Honey Possum and the Black-gloved Wallaby.
Caversham Wildlife Park & Zoo is located inside Whiteman Park, and can be accessed by the Lord Street or Beechboro Road entrance. The drive from the centre of Perth takes about 40 minutes. If you are using public transport, catch the bus from Morley to Ellenbrook, and get off at Whiteman Park. The Zoo is open from 8:30am to 5:30pm every day except Christmas Day.