Lone Pine koalas ready for Singapore Zoo debut
Image: Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Image
7 May 2015
Four female koalas loaned to Singapore Zoo in April will be released from quarantine in little over a week, ready to make their debut as part of events to mark the city’s 50th anniversary of independence and the 50th anniversary of Australia-Singapore diplomatic relations.
Paddle, Pellita, Chan and Idalia have swapped their home at long-time Brisbane Marketing member Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary for six months in a world class, purpose-built koala exhibit at the zoo.
The Flying Kangaroo gave the koalas the royal treatment on the flight over, setting them up in Qantas Business class for a few social media snaps before making them comfortable in specially built containers fit with a eucalyptus tree and climate control.
It is just another example of the power of the humble marsupial. World leaders posing with koalas at G20 made headlines around the world and these images did a similar thing for Qantas in just a few hours. Let’s face it - who doesn’t love a cute furry animal?
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is planning an official visit to mark the day the koalas emerge from quarantine and said the loan symbolised the warm ties between the two countries.
She has also given high praise for the Brisbane tourism icon who offered the koalas to the zoo.
Lone Pine Sanctuary in Brisbane has played a crucial role in supplying the koalas, sharing expert knowledge and helping Singapore Zoo prepare for the koalas to go on show,” she said.
“The gift will be made permanent when Singapore Zoo can support a koala colony.”
As partner airline, Qantas Airways will bring the koalas home when their tour of duty is finished and in the meantime is flying supplies of fresh eucalyptus twice weekly to Singapore Zoo for the duration of their stay.
Lone Pine said the initiative was a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness for koalas internationally and work collaboratively in education, research and conservation efforts.
“As a practical conservation initiative, Singapore Zoo has donated to charities that help injured, wild koalas,” a spokesperson said.
Lone Pine staff have also flown to Singapore Zoo to support the team caring for the koalas and will remain on-site for the six-month sojourn.
Don’t worry – there are still plenty of other koalas, kangaroos and amazing animals to see at Lone Pine, which has been rated one of the "Top 10 Zoos in the World" by AOL. Lone Pine is the world's first and largest koala sanctuary, with over 130 koalas. Cuddle a koala anytime, hand feed kangaroos and encounter a large variety of Aussie wildlife, all in beautiful, natural settings.
Check it out for yourself here: Lone Pine
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