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This is an excellent modern zoo -- with re-created natural habitats including the African savanna, Australian wetlands and Asian rainforest. It has several successful breeding programs, including its world-leading orangutan one; others cover a selection of West Australian fauna. This is a good place to see a wide range of Australian wildlife, and there's a walk-through aviary. Exotic animals include primates, Rothschild's giraffes, lions, African painted dogs, tigers, meerkats, and elephants. Feeding demonstrations and keeper talks run throughout the day. Volunteer guides, called docents, are around 10am to 3pm to provide information, and conduct free daily walking tours at 11am (Oct-Apr) and 1:30pm. Guided 1-hour tours are available on environmentally friendly Zebra cars, while Close Encounter Tours (check website for details; at minimum 3 weeks' notice) offer a real behind-the-scenes adventure.