Mayor Rattenbury has the happy news that Tidbinbilla is taking delivery of eight more koalas:
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve’s captive koala population has been boosted with the arrival of eight koalas from the Otway Ranges in Victoria, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, announced today.
“I am pleased to welcome four female koalas and their four back young (one male and three females) to Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve,” Mr Rattenbury said.
Mr Rattenbury said the koalas were put into quarantine on arrival so health and veterinary assessments could be conducted. The koalas will be in quarantine for approximately another three weeks during which time they will not be on public display. After this time, the public will be able to encounter the koalas in their natural environment.
“The new arrivals have brought Tidbinbilla’s captive koala population to ten, the largest group of these unique marsupials at Tidbinbilla since the area was devastated by the 2003 bushfires,” Mr Rattenbury said.
“The intake will ensure koalas continue to be part of the threatened species captive wildlife program at Tidbinbilla. This is vital to the ongoing conservation management of koalas which, in the ACT, are classified as a threatened species.