Brioni, 2yo, Aisha, 4yo, Keegan, 4yo, February 2009
Manou looked after the babies today so that we could take the older ones (minus Jemilla, who was at school) to Perth Zoo.

Keegan, 4yo, Aisha, 4yo, + Brioni, 2yo, February 2009
Zebras and giraffes.

Keegan, 4yo, Aisha, 4yo, + Brioni, 2yo, February 2009
The kids were being examined by a monkey. Many of the monkeys were sleeping or sitting quietly; this was the most exciting one. Renée commented that it must be frustrating for small children to look into an exhibit without an exciting animal bouncing around.

Aisha, 4yo, February 2009
Within the fenced Australian animal section, kangaroos lounged in the shade and koalas climbing the trees, with hardly a barrier separating them from the visitors.

Brioni, 2yo, + Aisha, 4yo, February 2009
Watching the penguins. They've got to be my favourite animal, but the smell of their pool was (ahem).

Seeing the captive crocodile was the best part of the zoo trip.

Aisha, 4yo, February 2009
When you see a crocodile like this 4.5 metre beauty, you can understand why they're a menace to unsuspecting tourists! "Simmo" didn't move for the ten minutes we stood in front of him, watching closely. Once balanced, he stays still to conserve his energy, and it would be easy to mistake him (from above the water) as a harmless log.

South American iguana, Perth Zoo, February 2009
This South American iguana has a tail that is five or six times the length of its body.

Perth Zoo has a practice of taking its star elephant for a daily walk around the zoo. We were enjoying a picnic lunch near a playground when all of sudden, Renée blurted out, “That’s an elephant!” It walked right past our bench and continued on its way with two handlers walking alongside.

Now that would be a cool job: “What do you do?” “Oh, I take the elephant for a walk each day.”

Perth Zoo, February 2009
These tourists were cooking their lunch on the electric bbq when the elephant strolled casually past.

Aisha, 4yo, Keegan, 4yo,  + Brioni, 2yo, February 2009
Three of our kids. Aren't they a beautiful bunch?