Named ‘Macadamia' by the Australian Macadamia Society, this joey is the first of twelve babies born this season at Australia Zoo. Weighing just half a gram and being the size of a jelly bean when first born, Macadamia has spent the past seven months growing in his mum's pouch and has started to venture onto her back to explore the world around him. Koala joeys spend up to 12 months with their mothers before becoming independent, with plenty of growing and many koala lessons to learn before that time.
The sponsorship of Macadamia's name will go towards helping koalas admitted to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital as part of our conservation mission. In the wild koalas are classed as vulnerable, which means educating guests on how they can help this iconic Australian animal is essential to conserving their population. By encouraging our guests to be aware of the factors that contribute to threats against koalas such as habitat destruction, car strikes and domestic pet attacks, we hope to minimise the number of patients that come through the doors of the Wildlife Hospital and continue to give the best care to the ones that do.
These school holidays, Zoo visitors are encouraged to keep their eyes peeled for our gorgeous little koalas who are expected to begin their first adventures outside of the pouch.