Another koala has been added to the regional population with the birth of a female joey at Perth Zoo.
The five month old female is the result of matchmaking Taronga born mother, Wanda with Perth Zoo male, Slater as part of the regional breeding program.
The new arrival is the third koala joey born in two years since new females, Wanda and Mia were bought to Perth from Sydney.
Male koala, ‘Tarni’ was the first successful joey born from the new pairing. He has since moved to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary in Queensland to share his genetics. Half-brother Boondi, born to mother ‘Mia’ is approximately 11-months-old and can still be seen in the Perth Zoo Bushwalk exhibit.
Although not native to Western Australia, the koala residents at Perth Zoo are among the most popular animals for visitors and play an important ambassador role to raise awareness about the plight of their species.
The conservation status of koalas was recently upgraded to vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, Perth Zoo is very proud to be part of the regional breeding, safeguarding against extinction.
Melissa Leo, Media and Communications Officer, Perth Zoo