Eucalyptus delights, endless naps, fury cuddles—Moonlit Sanctuary’s first-ever born koala joey has finally climbed out of the pouch. Energised with nourishing pap, Banjo is ready to ride on its mum’s back and see the world. Successfully breeding a koala in captivity is a grand premiere for Moonlit.
Considered a national treasure, koalas are now sadly a threatened species in NSW and QLD because of a dramatic reduction of their natural habitat, dog attacks, climate change and disease. This recent status has inevitably also had a direct impact in the state of Victoria.
Following months of suspense since February, the little male marsupial is finally here. In the early days, Banjo spent a long time in the mum’s pouch and fully attached to her teat. As it grew bigger, bits and pieces of its body appeared from time to time. Occasionally it would stick a leg out of the pouch, then an arm or its head a few days later. Some days, it pulled most of its body out to take a quick look around, before quickly hopping back in.
Banjo is now 7 months old and is mostly hanging out on its mum’s back. Visitors are welcome to see it at the latest exhibit – a 10,000 sq. ft koala experience. Beautifully built with care, it includes five habitats for the koalas, specially set up to encourage their breeding. Visitors will also find an encounter area where they can get real close.
Described as one of the top destinations on the Mornington Peninsula, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park is renowned for excelling in conservation and breeding programs, and for its
passion for Australian wildlife.