Adam Naylor, veterinary surgeon at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, said, “Last month the keepers at Edinburgh Zoo discovered Goonaroo, one of our Queensland koalas, had managed to sustain an eye injury.

“After being assessed by our team and specialists from the University of Edinburgh’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, we were sadly unable to save Goonaroo’s eye. Together we decided the best option for his welfare was to remove the injured eye.

“We are very grateful to Dr Claudia Hartley, Specialist in Veterinary Ophthalmology, and the team at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and are pleased to report that Goonaroo’s operation went well and he has made an excellent recovery.”

“Visitors can spot him in Koala Territory at the zoo, snoozing and enjoying fresh eucalyptus.”

Like all of the animals in our care, Goonaroo and our other Queensland koalas are ambassadors for their species in the wild. As our planet’s rich biodiversity declines at an alarming rate, zoos and wildlife conservation charities like the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland are more relevant than ever before. We are in a unique position to provide a safe haven for threatened species, protect animals in the wild, foster deep and lasting connections with nature and inspire the conservationists of the future.

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Don’t forget, you can watch Tanami, another of our koalas, on our charity’s LIVE webcams.

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