GETTING T O GRIPS WITH NEW HOME
BILLABONG Sanctuary has a furry new resident with Maluka the koala now calling the wildlife park home.
Maluka has come from the Gold Coast’s farm- style attraction Paradise Country and will soon be used for photo opportunities. Billabong Sanctuary mammals ranger Elyse Thomas said at 18 months old Maluka wasn’t fully mature.
“He is still considered a joey and he has a baby face still, so he is pretty cute,” she said. “He is settling in well and smashing his food.
“He was a photo koala down at Paradise Country but their photo studio was indoors so now we’re just getting him used to the environment and bonding with him.”
Billabong Sanctuary now has 10 koalas in its care and four of those are used for photo opportunities.
Maluka is already on display to the public and will be available for photos in about four to six weeks.
CUDDLY ARRIVAL: Billabong Sanctuary mammals ranger Elyse Thomas with Maluka the koala, who has moved up from the Gold Coast.