Changing Planet

Koala Joey in Need of a Name

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The San Diego Zoo in California has the largest koala colony outside of Australia — 49 koalas in total, including this “joey” with its mother, Orana.

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The female was born in March last year — the first koala birth at the zoo in two years.

San Diego Zoo is holding a contest to name the koala joey, using the opportunity to give public talks about the conservation of the animals in their native habitats.

National Geographic News reported in 2007 that Australia’s iconic koalas face an uncertain future as their fragmented habitats shift in response to climate change, fire, and drought.

Our most popular story about the tree-dwelling marsupials was in 2002, about how on the north coast of New South Wales, Australia, koala researchers, a property developer, and local citizens joined forces to create the first housing development planned around the needs of koalas.

Australian scientists announced in 2006 they had invented a new way to create koalas in a lab. You can see the picture of an abundance of koala cuteness here.

For more photos and a profile of koalas, click here.

Photo on this entry taken Jan. 15, 2009, by Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo

Forty years in U.S., UK, and South African media gives David Braun global perspective and experience across multiple storytelling platforms. His coverage of science, nature, politics, and technology has been published/broadcast by the BBC, CNN, NPR, AP, UPI, National Geographic, TechWeb, De Telegraaf, Travel World, and Argus South African Newspapers. He has published two books and won several journalism awards. He has 120,000 followers on social media. David Braun edits the National Geographic Society blog, hosting a global discussion on issues resonating with the Society's mission and initiatives. He also directs the Society side of the Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship, awarded to Americans seeking the opportunity to spend nine months abroad, engaging local communities and sharing stories from the field with a global audience. Follow David on Facebook  Twitter  LinkedIn
  • Alexis Beattie

    i think koala bear are cute.

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