6 April 2015
Australia Zoo's youngest koala joeys, Tallow and Dexter, made the big move away from their mums last week as they prepare for koala pre-school!
The brave one year-old joeys moved into their new home near Australia Zoo's Crocoseum, where they'll now live with three sub-adult koalas and four other joeys to learn valuable skills for their social development.
Tallow and Dexter are the last two joeys to move away from mum, with the other four joeys born last season already having made the transition. Koala joeys; Oasis, Chip, Jack and JT, are said to have been welcoming to their new friends. With JT scoring his name after a visit from Justin Timberlake, and Chip gracing the cover of Harper's BAZAAR Australia in April - we think they're going to enjoy hanging out the rest of the joeys!
Australia Zoo keeper Becky-Jo Quinn said that she was thrilled with how the joeys had been settling into their new home.
"This is the stage where koalas would move on from mum in the wild, so it makes sense for us to do the same," she said.
"We're really happy with how the move went! Dexter and Tallow seem to be adapting really well, and we're looking forward to keeping an eye on their progress and helping them settle in fully.
"We're so proud of our koala breeding program here at Australia Zoo, and with koalas listed as a vulnerable species in Queensland, these six new koala joeys are significant."
Everyone can come and check out Tallow and Dexter in their beautiful new home located just near the Crocoseum at Australia Zoo.
Vision of Dexter and Tallow's move to their new home can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idYDPwniw7w