Edinburgh Zoo is home to the UK's only koalas. We currently have three koalas, two males and one female.
Our adult male koalas are called Goonaroo and Yabbra. Goonaroo's name is Aboriginal for “wood duck,” and he was born in 2004. Yabbra was born in 2005. Yabbra's name is Aboriginal for “the fugitive” (as he kept popping out of his mother’s pouch at a very early age!)
On 14 February 2013 we received a female koala called Alinga (which means sun) from Duisburg Zoo in Germany.
In May 2013 Alinga had a male joey called Yooranah, but sadly he passed away on 21 June 2016 after quite a long period of illness. Whilst none of our own experts – or other international experts we spoke to – can say 100% why he died, the team here at Edinburgh Zoo did everything they could to try and address the situation.
Location in the Zoo:
Our koalas can be found in our Koala Territory exhibit.
Please note: Due to our schedule of annual site maintenance, some of our indoor exhibits will be closed during the winter months. Koala Territory is currently closed to the public. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Breeding Programme Category:
Our koalas are managed by the International Stud Book programme (ISB)