28th February


Wild Things: Perth Festival Takes Over Perth Zoo on Sun 28 Feb

It’s bound to be our wildest family day yet – a bright and beautiful takeover of Perth Zoo for all creative creatures big and small.

Perth Festival celebrates the long weekend this Sunday 28 February when our Curated by Kids young programmers let their ideas run free at Wild Things: Perth Festival Takes Over Perth Zoo. Bookings are open now so make sure you don’t miss out on the day. Family packs are available and children aged 3 and under get in for free.

If you could ask a zookeeper anything, what would it be? Ever wondered what music an elephant likes to listen to? What bedtime stories does a koala like to listen to after a long lunch? Ever heard of a dibbler? Or a hairy marron?

To answer these questions and many more, Perth Festival’s annual Curated by Kids program has gone wild for 2021. We’ve recruited ten curious curators from Years 4-6 to help us create a carnival for all wild things, both animal and human.

This zootopia of artists, authors, musicians and animal magic for all ages includes The Last Numbat, a giant 10m-long numbat puppet that children can help move to tell a story of survival, sustainability and cooperation. This 30-minute interactive sculptural performance has been created by Australia’s renowned Spare Parts Puppet Theatre with designer and puppet-maker Leon Hendroff.

Other special human guests during Sunday’s two three-hour sessions include Perth Symphony Orchestra performing songs for Tricia the elephant, Grace BarbéDe Cuba SonSoukouss Internationale and authors James FoleyFrané LessacAlton WalleyKathryn Lefroy and Helen Milroy.

Throughout the day there will be animal illustration classes, creature choreography, Noongar storytelling, survival-skills sessions and an around-the-world animal passport trail. With a focus on Perth Zoo’s conservation work, learn about the numbat, the western swamp tortoise and the red tail black cockatoo in this exciting family day out.

Perth Zoo Executive Director Wendy Attenborough said: ‘We’re excited to be joining Perth Festival to showcase Perth Zoo, celebrate the 1500 animals that reside here and raise awareness of the vital conservation work we do to help save wildlife.

‘This event has been created with the help of some extraordinary young people, local children who are our future conservationists. They have created a program that will delight both young and old and engage everyone in the wonders of wildlife.’

Perth Festival Artistic Director Iain Grandage said: ‘We are thrilled to be taking this exciting Festival excursion to Perth Zoo’s beautiful and inspiring home for wildlife conservation, care and education.

‘The zoo’s residents and their keepers are ambassadors for a world of wonders and we are delighted that our artistic menagerie – led by our kid curators – can come and share with them a very special day out for all the family.’

WHAT: Wild Things (Perth Festival takes over Perth Zoo)
WHERE: Perth Zoo, South Perth
WHEN: Sun 28 Feb, 9am – 12pm and 2pm – 5pm
HOW MUCH: $39 (Child 3 and under FREE)

Perth Festival runs until 14 March.