Adelaide Zoo has a new ambassador who is busy getting up-close with visitors to bring the vulnerability of bilbies to the attention of the public. The female Greater Bilby was born to father Yapara and mother Petal in April and is one of more than 200 bilbies Zoos SA has helped breed as part of a national conservation program. She made her debut, from the safety of mum’s mums pouch, in May.
A koala joey made her zoo debut in June 2016 on the other side of the world, at the Australian Outback exhibit in San Diego Zoo. Born last November, she has been hiding in mum Cambee’s pouch until now, and will cling tightly to her back for a few months before she ventures out solo. San Diego Zoo has the largest breeding colony of Queensland koalas outside Australia.
Red Panda twins born at Melbourne Zoo last December are now beginning to become more active and visible to visitors. It is usual for these cubs to spend a long time in the nest while they are still nursing, but it looks like mum, Roshani, is happy for her little ones to start exploring the bigger world around them!