Edinburgh Zoo is home to the UK's only koalas. We currently have four koalas, three 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, he is the father to our new male koala joey. 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 early 2017, we were delighted to announce the arrival of the second ever joey to be born at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo to mum Alinga and dad, Goonaroo. The joey which was born on 31 January 2017, has been sexed as male and has been called Tourie.
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. Please note that this exhibit operates on reduced opening hours, please ask on arrival for more details about availability.
Breeding Programme Category:
Our koalas are managed by the International Stud Book programme (ISB)