Can you think of a koala-ty name? National Zoo lets public name new joey

Dominic Giannini 17 September 2020 9
Mum Matilda and the unnamed joey

New mum Matilda snacking when she can while keeping her joey close. Photo: National Zoo and Aquarium.

September is Save the Koala month and to celebrate, the National Zoo and Aquarium in Canberra is letting the public decide the name for its new baby koala.

The new koala joey is the first to be born at the National Zoo and is already bringing joy to visitors and staff alike.

But if you have a koala-ty name in mind for the zoo’s new star you’ll have to get in quick – you only have until this Sunday (20 September) to make your suggestion on the zoo’s Facebook post.

The winning name will be announced at the end of the month.

Some suggestions so far include names from the Ngunnawal language, including Winyu (sun), Dyurra (stars), Kanbi (fire), Gamburra (flowers), Kagu (night) and Kumburu (shadow of a tree).

But our favourite so far is Berra (for Can-bear-a).

If you can think of a name better than Koaly McKoalaface, comment on the Facebook post below!

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9 Responses to Can you think of a koala-ty name? National Zoo lets public name new joey
Ol L Ol L 10:27 am 20 Sep 20

Pork Barilaro

Judie Winter Judie Winter 10:45 pm 19 Sep 20

Blinky like that great Aussie koala Blinky Bill

Doris Wallace Doris Wallace 9:08 pm 19 Sep 20

My suggestion is Canbee or

Kirra which means ‘leaf’

ssek ssek 2:20 pm 19 Sep 20

Koala McKoalaface

Myrene Hickey Myrene Hickey 10:47 am 19 Sep 20

"Divoc". "Cod".

We know year of birth !

maxblues maxblues 8:19 am 19 Sep 20

Barry (short for Barilaro).

Becky Boo Becky Boo 10:24 pm 18 Sep 20

Squidge (it’s what a call my babies 😊🥰😍💕)

Katie Freund Katie Freund 9:41 pm 18 Sep 20

Joey McJoe Joe

Mags Bolo Mags Bolo 9:41 pm 18 Sep 20


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