KL joeys
KL joeys

How super koalas are saving their species

29 Dec. 2023 1 min read

Exciting news from Cleland Wildlife Park!

We’re delighted to announce the arrival of four koala joeys, marking a significant milestone in our ground-breaking conservation.

While these may look like your typical adorable joeys, they hold the potential to become the superheroes for their species’ survival.

What challenges do koalas face?

Australia’s cherished koala populations face a multitude of challenges including habitat loss, climate change, human-induced threats and diseases such as chlamydia and koala retrovirus.

How does the breeding program work?

These joeys are the result of a carefully planned breeding plan involving a colony of 20 female koalas from Kangaroo Island and four males from Victoria’s Strzelecki Ranges.

The primary objective of the program is to raise healthy, disease-free and genetically diverse koalas. If required, these koalas could potentially bolster populations in Queensland, New South Wales and the ACT.

The program is based at Cleland Wildlife Park and is spearheaded by the Department for Environment and Water and Koala Life, with support from Flinders University and The University of Adelaide.

Can I catch a glimpse of these joeys?

As the joeys play an important role this breeding program and are still developing, they are not available for public viewing.

However you can still head to Cleland Wildlife Park and meet our resident koalas, as well as many other native species including kangaroos, emus, yellow footed rock wallabies to name a few!

Where can I find out more?

To find out more about Koala Life and their work in safeguarding the species, visit www.koalalife.asn.au

Love koalas? Why not Show your support for SA’s wildlife rescue sector with a new number plate.

We’ve also put together Your guide to the koalas found in South Australia and find out How drones and fitness trackers are helping South Australian researchers monitor koalas.


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