Edinburgh Zoo is home to the UK's only koalas.
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. 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. Since her arrival she was successfully introduced to our male, Goonaroo and gave birth to a joey in May 2013. At the end of 2013 the joey started to emerge from Alinga's pouch and in January 2014 keepers were able to tell that it was a male and he has since been named Yooranah which means 'Loving' in indigenous Australian.
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)