Birth of 100th koala joey at Australian zoo sparks hope for survival of species

The 100th Koala bear has been born at an Australian Zoo, sparking hopes for survival of the iconic Australian species © Australian Reptile Park/Cover Images

Koalas are now listed as a vulnerable species.

The 100th koala bear has been born at an Australian Zoo, raising hopes for the survival of the iconic Australian species.

Staff at the Australian Reptile Park were thrilled when they spotted tiny flutters coming from the pouch of Ash the koala. This new arrival also happens to be the first koala joey to be born in this year’s breeding season.

This newest arrival is truly a miracle; the mother, Ash, was the first koala joey to be born after the 2019-2020 Black Summer fires that devastated the country. As she was the first koala joey to emerge from her mother’s pouch during 2020’s koala breeding season, she was aptly named ‘Ash’ as a sign of hope for the future of Australia’s native wildlife.

Fast forward three years, Ash is now welcoming her own little joey that is believed to be the 100th koala joey born at the Australian Reptile Park since opening at Somersby in 2000.

Life Sciences Manager, Hayley Shute, the Park’s resident koala whisperer, said, “It was such an incredible moment when we saw those tiny little flutters coming from Ash’s pouch! At this stage, Ash’s joey is only 4 months old, so it will be a little while before we see the joey’s head poke out of mum’s pouch, but this represents the start of what we’re hoping to be another successful breeding season.

“The birth of our 100th koala joey is a true testament to the hard work and dedication of the team at the Australian Reptile Park. It shows that with proper care and conservation efforts, we can make a difference and ensure the survival of this beautiful iconic Australian species.”

The wildlife park, located on the Central Coast of New South Wales, also hopes this heightened awareness helps protect the species, which is listed as vulnerable, from extinction.


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