These two furry, eucalyptus-loving marsupials are on loan to the Santa Barbara Zoo through April 2019 to bring awareness of the challenges facing not only koalas but many Australian species.
- Was born on September 1, 2015 at the Los Angeles Zoo (LAZ)
- Was sired by Lincoln, a koala born at the Taronga Zoo in Australia
- Is “very people-oriented and personable,” according to LAZ keepers
- Has small pink spots at the base of his nose, and fur grows close to his eyes
- Was born June 15, 2011 at the San Diego Zoo (SDZ)
- Was a particularly large joey—his name is the Aboriginal word for “heavy”
- Is a favorite of SDZ keepers for his “very laid-back Southern Californian personality” and because “he takes things in stride”
- Has large pink marks near the base of his nose, and distinct pink rings around his eyes
- Has also represented the SDZ Koala Loan Program at Zoo New England in 2013 and Indianapolis Zoo in 2015
From the Keepers“Guests often ask ‘why can’t I hold Edmund or Thackory?’ Some koalas raised by humans are used to being held, especially in Australia where orphaned or rehabilitated wild koalas can be held. But most koalas, especially those in U.S. zoos, are not trained to be held. It is dangerous for anyone other than a trained zoo professional to try to hold them, as they have sharp claws and can bite.”
– Dr. Julie Barnes, Director of Animal Care & Health
The koala itself is protected throughout Australia, but its habitat is not. Many conservation groups are pushing to have koalas listed as “endangered” to provide more protection both for the species and its habitat. The IUCN Red List lists them as “vulnerable.”
Donate Your Green Waste
Many of the Zoo’s animals, like gorillas and giraffes, eat several pounds of plant material, or browse, every day. The animals eat branches and leaves from specific trees and shrubs, such as bamboo and grapevines. See if your green waste will make a good meal at sbzoo.org/browse.