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 June 2017 we were delighted to announce the arrival of the second every joey to be born at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo.
Previously Alinga had a male joey called Yooranah, but sadly he passed away on 21 June 2016 after quite a long period of illness.
Location in the Zoo:
Our koalas can be found in our Koala Territory exhibit.
Breeding Programme Category:
Our koalas are managed by the International Stud Book programme (ISB)