The joey named ‘macadamia’ by the Australian Macadamia Society is the first of twelve babies born this season at The Australia Zoo. The joey weighed only half a gram when born and was no bigger than a jelly bean.
Macadamia who spent his first seven months tucked up inside his mother’s pouch has just started exploring his surroundings. Macadamia will spend up to 12 months with his mother before becoming fully independent.
Image: Macadamia with mother Willow, The Australia Zoo
Koalas are classed as a vulnerable species in the wild, so the Australia Zoo’s conservation efforts are necessary. The Sponsorship from the Australian Macadamia Society will go towards injured koalas admitted to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.
The Australia Zoo wishes to educate those who come to see Macadamia about the threats koalas face in the wild every day such as habitat destruction, car strokes and domestic pet attacks in a bid to minimise koala fatalities.
Video and header supplied by The Australia Zoo.