Koala Joey was born at Longleat Wildlife Safari Park in the UK, the first species baby to arrive in Europe

Adorable koala joey was born at a UK wildlife park as stunning photographs show the first baby to arrive in Europe venturing out of its mother’s pouch

  • On Wednesday, Wiltshire’s Longleat Safari and Wildlife Park revealed that southern Koala Violet had given birth
  • The yet-to-be-named Joey ventured out of his mother’s pocket, was the first birth of his kind in Europe
  • In 2018, Adelaide’s Cleland Wildlife Park sent four koalas – Dennis, Maizie, Coorong and Violet – to Longleat

Advertising










A southern koala has been born in Europe for the first time after an ambitious conservation program between South Australia and a wildlife park in the UK.

In 2018, Adelaide’s Cleland Wildlife Park sent koalas Dennis, Maizie, Coorong and Violet to Wiltshire’s Longleat Safari and Wildlife Park in a bid to raise the profile of the animals across Europe.

Longleat revealed on Wednesday that Violet gave birth to yet-to-be-named Joey venturing out of her mother’s pocket.

conservation program between South Australia and a wildlife park in the UK” class=”blkBorder img-share” style=”max-width:100%” />

A southern koala has been born in Europe for the first time after an ambitious conservation program between South Australia and a wildlife park in the UK

In 2018, Adelaide's Cleland <a class=Wildlife Park sent koalas Dennis, Maizie, Coorong and Violet to Wiltshire’s Longleat Safari and Wildlife Park in a bid to raise the profile of the animals across Europe.” class=”blkBorder img-share” style=”max-width:100%” />

In 2018, Adelaide’s Cleland Wildlife Park sent koalas Dennis, Maizie, Coorong and Violet to Wiltshire’s Longleat Safari and Wildlife Park in a bid to raise the profile of the animals across Europe.

The birth is a major milestone for the conservation program coordinated by the non-profit group Koala Life in partnership with Cleland and the South Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Koala Life President Chris Daniels said Joey’s arrival will help Longleat and Koala Life better develop and understand captive breeding methodology and breeding.

“Longleat now has a vital small group of healthy animals free of debilitating diseases including chlamydia and retroviruses,” said Professor Daniels.

“The continued growth of the colony will help us understand how to keep sanctuary populations healthy and provide important information about the effects of these diseases.”

Longleat revealed on Wednesday that Violet gave birth to Joey, who has yet to be named, venturing out of her mother's pocket

Longleat revealed on Wednesday that Violet gave birth to Joey, who has yet to be named, venturing out of her mother’s pocket

Longleat chairman Ceawlin Thynn said the birth of the south’s first baby koala was something his team had been working on and hoping for since the launch of the new facility three years ago.

“We are delighted to see how well mother and baby are doing,” he said.

“As well as being a first for us, this is also Violet’s first experience of motherhood, and she is proving to be a caring and caring mother.

“We’re still not entirely sure of the joey’s gender, but hope to have a better idea when he starts spending more time out of the pocket.”

South Australian Environment Minister David Speirs said the birth would put the spotlight on southern koalas in the northern hemisphere.

“A combined team effort has safely transferred these koalas from the Lofty Mountains to the UK and it is a perfect example of how like-minded organizations and agencies can achieve great results by conservation,” he said.

South Australian Environment Minister David Speirs said the birth would put the spotlight on southern koalas in the northern hemisphere.

South Australian Environment Minister David Speirs said the birth would put the spotlight on southern koalas in the northern hemisphere.

Advertising

Comments are closed.