Peel Zoo and Botanical Gardens houses one of the largest collections of birds in Western Australia. The zoo has 136 separate aviaries including huge walk in aviaries, all set in tropical and native surrounds. Peel is one of Australia’s newest Zoos, opening in 2006. The Zoo won a bronze award in the Western Australian Tourism Awards in 2007.
There are lots of animals at Peel Zoo that you may feed and pat including kangaroos, emus, deer, goats, a fox, some ferrets and various Australian birds in the walk through aviaries. The zoo is also home to various Australian animals including Wombats, Koalas, Long-nosed Potoroos, Bettongs and Spotted-tailed Quolls. The Zoo houses a sizable collection of native birds, exotic birds, snakes and reptiles. Reptiles at the park include Western Stimson’s Python, Black Headed Python, Ridge-tailed Monitor
The Zoo has a partnership with Mandurah Wildlife Rescue to rehabilitate sick and injured animals and release them back into the wild. Animals that are not able to be released are given a permanent home at Peel Zoo. Mandurah Wildlife Rescue operates 24 x 7 responding to contacts from folks who have found injured, sick or orphaned animals.
As a major sponsor of the Bali Zoo, Peel Zoo has played a large role in restoring the enclosures, and improving them to provide a better environment for the animals. Peel Zoo relies on the support of visitors to continue to rebuild and transform the Bali Zoo into a world class facility.
Other areas of focus for the Zoo are a partnership with the Yanchep National park for breeding programs and education, and a partnership with the Fairbridge youth organization for education programs and disability support programs. There are concrete paths through the park suitable for wheelchairs.
Peel Zoo is located on Sanctuary Park Drive in Ravenswood, about ten minutes from Mandurah and an hour south of Perth. From the southwest Highway or Central Mandurah, take Pinjarra Rd, then turn off at Sutton St. When you reach a roundabout, take the right hand exit, and you will arrive at the zoo after about 200 metres. The zoo is open Monday to Friday from 10.00am to 4.00pm, and 9.00am to 5pm on weekends.