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Carina was born in January 2013 and is discribed as shy and reserved koala. She loves sitting hig in trees and keeps to herself.

Coco born in Mars 2012 and her name is an homage to Coco Chanel,  no wonder when you know her mother was Donatella (Versace). Coco is a sweet girl with a gentle soul. She is naturally curious and likes to know what is going on around her.

Zelda was born in December 2013, she is a small girl with a huge personality.  She has quite a dominant nature and tends to boss her housemates around a lot!  Zelda is very independent and aloof with humans and is not shy to vocalise her displeasure.

A precious, soft and sensitive animal. 

Koala’s, just like kangaroos, are one of the great symbols of Australia. Heavily hunted for their fur in the early 20th century. Today, the biggest threat to the existence of the koala’s is the destruction of their habitat by urbanisation and agriculture.  
As the only survivor of the family of the Phascolarctica, it’s closest relative is the wombat. Koala’s are famous for their long periods of sleep and inactivity. By resting up to 20 hours a day in trees, they are in fact lazier then the sloth. When the koala isn’t sleeping or resting his main activities are eating, playing and washing. A koala eats about 400 gr of eucalyptus leaves (up to 1,1 kg for the bigger ones) per day. The leaves that make their diet need to answer very specific quality criteria and are important from England. 

Genetic Diversity in the reproduction program (EEP)

About a dozen of European zoological gardens house koala’s. Most of them were born within the European Endangered species Program (EEP). The arrival of these new three female koala’s in Europe is an opportunity for a greater genetic diversity within the program. As a member of the EAZA (European Association of Zoos and Aquaria), Pairi Daiza has an active participation in several breading programs. 

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Pairi Daiza is very honoured to welcome these three beautiful marsupial and very grateful for the trust and support from the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

Established in 1927 by Claude Reid, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary¹s beginnings were humble, being home to only two koalas, Jack and Jill. Over the years, Lone Pine continued to grow, gradually introducing new Australian species to the small wildlife sanctuary, located in Brisbane.

The sanctuary now houses 130 koalas and over 100 Australian native animal

species. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is an aspiring leader of conservation education for Australian native animals. By connecting individuals and communities to nature, Lone Pine hopes to inspire action to live in balance withe the environment.

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