Wild About Babies
Friday 19 May - Thursday 31 August
Designed by artists Gillie and Marc, Wild About Babies celebrates the incredible diversity of the animal kingdom, and builds awareness of vulnerable species.
WA Museum together with Perth Zoo and Perth Cultural Centre are bringing one of the largest public sculpture projects in the world to Western Australia.
Artists, Gillie and Marc, are giving the public the chance to jump into a playground of 20 of the world’s most endangered baby animals, protected by their universal mother, a great eastern lowland gorilla.The babies include a Bengal tiger, orangutan, giraffe, African elephant, white rhino, polar bear, leopard, giant panda, hippo, cheetah, Grevy’s zebra, western lowland gorilla, chimpanzee, rock wallaby, Arctic fox, lion, Indian elephant, Javan rhino, giant tortoise and Marsican brown bear.
This public art exhibition will consist of 21 babies, from polar bears to chimpanzees, expertly crafted in bronze displayed at a range of iconic locations around Perth. Made with exquisite detail, visitors will have a true sense of what these wild animals are really like.
Take a safari to learn more about these precious endangered animals.
About the exhibition
Wild Baby Bengal Tiger
This endangered Bengal tiger is completely reliant on her mother. She won’t be able to hunt for another 6 months and will stay with the safety of mum until she is 2 or 3 playing and learning all she can.There are less than 2500 left of her kind with the main reasons being poaching habitat loss and fragmentation.
Wild Baby Orangutan
This baby is ready to explore the canopy with her friends. She loves to hang out with her friends but knows she always must come back to mum. She is critically endangered with less than 200,000 left.Her home is being destroyed for palm oil, her mum is targeted by hunters, and if she is caught, she will be sent to live as a pet.
Wild Baby Giraffe
He may be the tallest animal in the world, but this baby giraffe prefers to hide for now. At only 3 weeks old he is completely reliant on his mum, his only protection to kick any predators away.Just like his species, he is very vulnerable with only 111,000 of them left with humans taking over his habitat.
Wild Baby African Elephant
This little boy still doesn’t know what his trunk is for. He loves swinging it around and sucking on it for comfort. He is completely dependent on his herd, needing lots of milk from his mum and protection from predators.If his mother is killed for her ivory tusks he will not survive. Because of poaching his kind is vulnerable with approximately 415,000 left.
Wild Baby White Rhino
This baby white rhino has just started to be weaned from her mother.She is still very dependent on her and will run to her at the sign of any threat. No predator, except humans, can get past her mum.Human beings are her only threat and the reason there are only 2 of her critically endangered northern cousins left.
Wild Baby Polar Bear
This cub is ready to explore his snowy home. He has been tucked in a den for winter and now it’s time for him to play and get used to his legs before his long walk to the sea ice. His biggest threats are other polar bears who may try to kill him and habitat loss from the warming temperatures, leaving his species vulnerable.
Wild Baby Leopard
This vulnerable leopard is finally ready to follow his mother around.He has spent his life in his den with his brothers, playing and wrestling while his mother moves them from one safe spot to the next.
He is completely dependent on her and will need to learn to hunt to be independent.His biggest threat is other leopards, habitat loss, and loss of prey.
Wild Baby Giant Panda
This baby panda loves to roll and tumble with his mother. He has recently had his first taste of bamboo, the food he will only eat in the future, but prefers mums’ milk. He has outgrown one threat, being squashed by mum, now his biggest is the loss of his habitat when he eventually leaves home. There are less than 2000 of his vulnerable kind left.
Wild Baby Hippo
This big baby loves being in the water. When it gets a bit too deep, she can climb on mums back but can swim underwater if she gets hungry, mum is always ready with milk.She is threatened by predators such as crocodiles, lions, hyenas, and big male hippos and her vulnerable species have humans to blame for their shrinking habitat.
Wild Baby Cheetah
This baby cheetah loves learning to pounce. She and her siblings have been following their mother around everywhere she goes, watching what she does and practising on each other in a fun game of rough and tumble.She is listed as vulnerable and must be careful, there are many predators like lions and the worst, humans.
Wild Baby Grevy’s Zebra
This endangered Grevy’s Zebra is still very dependent on his mother and has just learnt her stripes so he doesn’t lose her. He still drinks her milk but is watching what she eats and where she goes to learn what to do and must stay in case any predators are looming.His species has lost more habitat than any African animal leaving only 2000 zebra.
Wild Baby Western Lowland Gorilla
This gorilla is just a baby but loves to explore! He enjoys playing, chasing his siblings, learning all the important skills he needs to be a proper gorilla. He’s happy to venture but always comes back to mum.Critically endangered, he is most threatened by the bushmeat trade and human diseases like the Ebola virus.
Wild Baby Chimpanzee
This endangered little boy is a very curios chimp. He loves chasing and playing with his older brother but will always come back to the safety of mum.He is busy learning important skills like termite fishing and climbing but has to watch out for humans in case they snatch him to be sold as a pet.
Wild Baby Rock Wallaby
This young joey is ready to explore her rocky world. She is starting to spend more time away from mums’ pouch and exploring every crevice, learning to navigate her harsh home.But she is at threat from foxes and dogs that were introduced by humans leaving some of her species endangered, so she’ll hide in mums’ pouch whenever things get a bit too scary!
Wild Baby Arctic Fox
This little ball of white fluff is very curious to peak out one of the many entrances of his warm den. He has lots to learn before he can head out to the freezing outdoors by himself but he dedicates his time playing with his siblings and fattening up.He must be on the lookout for his biggest threats, the red fox and climate change.
Wild Baby Lion
This lion cub is happy to be in a pride. She has lots of other cubs to play with and will sometimes dare to chase a flicking tail of one of the big males! She is learning everything from the lionesses but is at risk from outside males, leopards, hyenas and wild dogs.Listed as vulnerable, she will have one predator when she’s older, us.
Wild Baby Indian Elephant
This endangered little girl loves spending time with her mum and her many aunties. She loves feeling safe with her giant protectors, knowing that no predators can touch her if she stays close. But she always gets nervous when she comes close to where the humans live, her aunties can’t always protect her from them.
Wild Baby Javan Rhino
This critically endangered baby rhino is happy to play in her forested home. She stays close by her mother, drinking her nourishing milk and learning what plants are good to eat.Her biggest threat was once humans, being poached so much there is now only 74 of them. Now they are protected it is finding food since the Arenga Palm is taking over.
Wild Baby Giant Tortoise
This endangered baby is going to be very big. She has spent the first years of her life roaming around her island eating and sleeping. She never knew her parents but has been able to figure out what a giant tortoise needs to know.She is threatened by dogs and cats and must compete with cows who eat her food, all introduced by humans.
Wild Baby Marsican Brown Bear
This critically endangered little bear is very special in Italy, there are only 50 of his kind left! He is very curious and loves to explore and jump on his mother, learning all good bear skills while playing. He has made it through his most dangerous time but now his greatest threat is humans, they might mistake his play for an attack and shoot!