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Peel Zoo WA aid program aims to end cruelty to animals through hands-on kangaroo rehabilitation interaction 

July 14, 2009
Peel Zoo WA aid program aims to end cruelty to animals through hands-on kangaroo rehabilitation interaction

Peel Zoo, near Mandurah Western Australia, has built a new area for baby kangaroos to educate the public about the life of a baby pinky kangaroo from when its retrieved from its mothers pouch to a one-year old.

Peel Zoo wants visitors to interact with the animals, not just walk past them. The Soft Release area, of whichGoSee is a sponsor, is dedicated to volunteers Dot and Reini Terry from Mandurah Wildlife Rescue.

Mandurah Wildife is sponsored by Peel Zoo to assist kangaroos from pinkey stage to adult.

The project is aimed to educate the public about the life of a baby pinky kangaroo from when its retrieved from its mothers pouch to a one-year old, Owner Director of Peel Zoo, Tony Greenwoods said.

We want people to realise the time, energy, compassion and money that goes into rearing a joey or any other animal, he said.

Peel Zoo and Mandurah Wildlife Rescue travels Western Australia and overseas, educating children and adults about wildlife and how to look after the wonderful birds, animals and reptiles of Australia.

Our joeys are here for everyone to admire and cuddle, Tony Greenwoods said.

Our baby Kangaroos are released into the special Kangaroo Petting Area, he said.

The 1000s of hours and dollars that go into raising a joey can be encountered first hand.

These beautiful, soft to touch and well tempered kangaroos need cuddles and attention. Many have lost their mums due to car accidents or shootings.

These little babies hop around and eat from the hand. Peel Zoo wants visitors to feel the joy that only animals can bring.

In amongst the many types of Peel Zoo animals, birds and reptiles, we have many that visitors can feed and cuddle, Tony said.
In addition to kangaroos there are deer, baby goats beautiful Australian birds, long nose potoroos, spotted tailed quolls and baby alpacas.

Visitors can even cuddle Chase the Peel Zoo mascot dog. Peel Zoo wants visitors to interact with the animals, not just walk past them, he said.

Kangaroos are active at dawn and dusk
Kangaroos are active at dawn and dusk

Tony said that over the years he had seen cruelty to animals, especially kangaroos in Western Australia.

We are at ground level here and see the end result of these sad events, the hours of heart ache and aftercare to get any of these animals back to the wild.

A Joey from Pinky stage to one year old costs around $1000 in special milk,vaccinations and vet attention. It also needs a carer who has to feed and attend the helpless, furless Joey every few hours.

One thing I have noticed is when we go to schools educating the children, we take our wildlife and allow the kids to hold, feel, smell and nurse the young animals.

Even the hardest of kids melt once the entire class considers it cool to feel compassion for the animals.

It all comes back to educatingchildren, in fact entire family units as well and peer groups should be invited to come and help look after a roo or orphaned animal.

They soon learn the animals have feelings and respond very well to a kind hand. We have partnered with to act as guardians of the highway the caravanning touring group have agreed to keep an eye out on the highways for injured animals or acts of cruelty.

Meet the animals reality at Peel Zoo
Meet the animals reality at Peel Zoo

Peel Zoos new baby roo enclosure has been set up for everyone to get up and close to see how these iconic animals are raised and be educated first hand that ITS NOT COOL TO KILL A ROO.

We have dedicated our lives to caring for wildlife,our network is vast and our carers have no boundaries as to the amount of help we provide.

We fund and sponsor many carers. Two major ones we associate ourselves with are Roo Gully in Boyupbrook Mandurah Wildlife Rescue.Our message is DON'T KILL THAT ROO, SHES MY MUM.

Peel Zoo is on Sanctuary Park Drive, Pinjarra and is open seven days a week. For more information phone 08 9531 4322.

Mandurah Wildlife Rescue operate 24 hours a day seven days a week
responding to calls from people who have found sick animals or have found them injured around roads and parks.

If you find a wounded or sick animal you can call the rescue team on (08) 9586 3166 Dot and Reini and John Frings (08) 9535 5342 Mobile 0419 395 114 (the bird specialist) they do a fantastic job.

They ask where possible that animals are brought to them to them as they are volunteers and they have limited time and money to run this extremely important service for the community.

Children learn from animals at Peel Zoo
Children learn from animals at Peel Zoo

Peel Zoo is proud to be in partnership with the Yanchep National Park in the implementation of our breeding program for Koalas, Tony said

Peel Zoo has one of the biggest collections of birds in Western Australia.

We have 136 separate aviaries including huge walk in aviaries, all set in tropical and native surrounds, Tony Greenwoods said.

Peel Zoo is 10 minutes from Mandurah and 60 minutes from Perth.

Sanctuary Park Drive Pinjarra , 6208 WA

Phone: 61 (08) 9531 4322


Finding your way to Peel Zoo is easy. Knock these numbers into your GPS: South 32 36.17 East 115 51.53

The address is Sanctuary Park Drive Ravenswood , 6208 WA. There is a big free carpark.

From the southwest Highway or Central Mandurah Turn into Pinjarra Rd. It is on the left, 10 minutes from Mandurah heading towards Pinjarra OR on the right 2km from Pinjarra heading towards Mandurah.

Look for Sutton St where the Golf course is located. Entering on Sutton St, turn right at the roundabout and it is on the left about 200 metres.

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Peel Zoo is open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m daily.

Phone: 08 9531 4322

Mobile: 0402 758 682

Fax: 08 9532 4311

Peel Zoo works internationally with its Bali Zoo partner to benefit animals Peel Zoo can be found under Tours and Attractions on the GoSee websites and GoSee New

Prices for Peel Zoo are:

Adults $15.00, Australian Seniors $13.50, Family Pass $40.00, Children (1-15 years) $7.00

Family, Pensioner and Group Discounts:

Peel Zoo is committed to making the park affordable for everyone. If you have a school community group please ring the park for Special Rates (15+ people). Peel Zoo low prices and rewards for frequent visitors, make coming back to the zoo affordable.

Peel Zoo baby koala breeding program
Peel Zoo baby koala breeding program

Tony Greenwoods, is also co-ordinator of the Bali Zoo upgrade project. He says the Peel Zoo is a major sponsor of the Bali Zoo and has had a big hand in restoring the enclosures, and improving them to better reflect the animals' natural environment.

Bali Zoo cares deeply about its animals and staff, and we are proud to support them, he said.

Situated in the cultural heart of Bali, the zoo is only 15 minutes drive from Ubud, and 45 minutes from the tourist areas of Kuta, Tuban, Legian and Seminyak.

The Bali Zoo takes visitors on a virtual jungle tour, where they can see the animals close up, and admire the tropical flora and beautiful setting.

How to help sick, injured or orphaned wildlife:

All native animals are protected under the Nature Conservation Act. A permit, licence or authority is required to take, buy, sell or keep most protected animals.

When caring for sick, orphaned or injured native animals, people are faced with two choices. Should we let nature take its course or should we try to rehabilitate the animal for eventual release back into the wild?

The Code of practice for care of orphaned, sick or injured protected animals by wildlife care volunteers was produced to assist people authorised under the Nature Conservation (Wildlife Management) Regulation 2006 to care for orphaned, sick or injured protected animals.

Peel Zoo reaches out to animals and people
Peel Zoo reaches out to animals and people

The Code provides advice about rescue and rehabilitation of orphaned, sick or injured protected animals. Wildlife care volunteers and veterinarians who perform these tasks in Queensland are required to follow this Code.

The Code covers:

Care assessment

Humane euthanasia


Special needs of particular species



Release procedures


Copies of the Code are available from the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service.

If you find sick or injured wildlife please contact your local veterinarian or the following associations immediately for directions to the qualified rehabilitators nearest you:

National Parks Wildlife Service -

Sydney (02) 9253 4600.

South (02) 6207 2127 North (02) 6207 1679.

Darwin (08) 8999 4536.
Katherine: 0418 843 928.
Alice Springs: 0419 221 128.

Tasmania 1300 135 513.

Victoria 13 1963.

Queensland 1300 130 372.

South Australia Fauna Rescue (08) 289 0896.


Animal Shelter Veterinary Hospital-

Sydney (Yagoona) (02) 9770 7555.

Newcastle (02) 4951 5555.

ACT (Weston) (02) 6287 8100.

Victoria (03) 9224 2222.

Queensland (07) 3426 9999.

Tasmania (03) 6244 3033.

South Australia (08) 8382 0888.

Western Australia (08) 9209 9300.

Northern Territory (08) 8984 3795.


Wildlife Information

Rescue Service

(Only in NSW).

5 Darley Street

Frenchs Forest NSW 2086 Australia.

Phone: 02 8977 3333

Contact information from

Animal first aid:

Wandering wildlife comes in many forms
Wandering wildlife comes in many forms

General Emergency Care

WIRES says that - Improper rescue can hurt both the animal and the rescuer.

This is why organisations like NSW Wildlife Information and Rescue Education Service (WIRES) trains all its volunteers.

Wild animals are not used to being handled and are susceptible to stress.

If handled improperly, they are likely to struggle and hurt themselves even more.

It is crucial to take care with the rescue of any native animal, and to reduce the animal's stress as much as possible.

Step 1
Remove any threat to the animal. This may mean locking up cats and dogs until the animal is rescued by a licensed rescuer.

Step 2
Minimise stress by placing a towel or blanket over the animal, then gently place in a box. Put the box in a warm, quiet, dark room and DO NOT DISTURB. The stress associated with human contact can result in death.

Step 3
Seek has a wildlife rehabilitation directory which can be searched by state and territory. Users of this information can help by keeping the information up to date. There is an add, delete and change option on the website for this purpose.

Editors Note: If you find any injured wildlife (whether in a national park or not) contact your local wildlife rehabilitation organisation.

For stranded whales, seals or dolphins contact the nearest National Parks and Wildlife Service office.

This Peel Zoo rabbit has a friend
This Peel Zoo rabbit has a friend

Defensivedriving helps keep you and animals safe:

Watch out for livestock, kangaroos and other wildlife crossing the road (particularly just near sunrise or near sunset). Plan your touring to avoid starting too early or coming in off the road too late. Keep your speed down. Look for movement.

Try to slow down, especially after dark. Many animals needlessly become victims simply because people drive too fast to avoid hitting them. Speed poses a risk to human safety as well.

Be fully alert and anticipate that you will find a wild animal around the next corner.

If the worst happens and collision with an animal cannot be avoided DO NOT SWERVE to avoid impact. Losing control and perhaps rolling your vehicle makes a bad situation much worse.

Brake if possible but avoid locking brakes particularly if towing a caravan or trailer. This particularly applies in wet conditions, on slippery surfaces and towing down hill.

Wild animals are unpredictable and do not understand that the approaching lights on a vehicle means danger. They can be scared into erratic behaviour and dart straight out in front of the motorist.

During times of drought animals tend to move more in search of water sources.

Peel Zoo koala watches the people
Peel Zoo koala watches the people

Scan the road as you drive, watching the edges for wildlife about to cross. Not only will this help you to avoid harming or killing wildlife, but it will also make you more aware of other hazards such as cyclists, children at play, and slow moving vehicles.

Be especially watchful for wildlife at dawn, dusk, and in the first few hours after darkness falls. Many species of wildlife are most active at these times.

Edges of roads that border farm fields or natural habitats are places to be particularly watchful for wildlife.

Assume that animals do not know to get out of your way. Young animals, in particular, do not recognize cars as a threat.

Lower your dashboard lights slightly. You will be more likely to see your headlights reflected in the eyes of animals in time to brake.

Every food scrap tossed out of a car attracts wildlife to roadsidesoften with fatal results. Never throw litter from your car.

Peel Zoo  Barn owls
Peel Zoo Barn owls

Remember that where there is one animal crossing, there may be more, young animals following their mother or male animals pursuing a mate.

If you are driving on a road that bisects the bottom of a hill and a water source, beware of animal crossings to and from their drinking and feeding ground.

If you need to help an injured animal do not put yourself at risk on a busy road. Only proceed if it is safe to do so.

Carry a pair of heavy gloves and a blanket in your vehicle. The gloves will protect you. The blanket will calm the animal if placed over it.

Move dead animals to the side of the road with a stick or shovel only if you can do so safely.

After seeing an animal on or near the side of the road flash your headlights on and off. Oncoming cars will slow down if they think there is a speed trap ahead.

Editors Note: GoSee is also proud to be a sponsor for Mogo Zoo's White Lions which are part of the south coast New South Wales attractions endangered species breeding program.

Sebastipol goose among Peel Zoo birdlife
Sebastipol goose among Peel Zoo birdlife