Koalas re­turn to Hamo

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE -

HAMIL­TON IS­LAND’S pop­u­lar koala at­trac­tion was of­fi­cially ‘koalafied’ to re­open this week.

Af­ter spend­ing some ‘koala-ty’ time with the team at Aus­tralia Zoo, it was time for Bobby, Billy, Tal­low and Jed­dah to re­turn to their is­land home, which was se­verely dam­aged in Cy­clone Deb­bie.The at­trac­tion’s re­main­ing koalas and their new joeys will stay with the team at Aus­tralia Zoo un­til their joeys are old enough to be trans­ported.

Gen­eral Man­ager of Wild Life Hamil­ton Is­land Rob Hall said the re­turn of the at­trac­tion’s koalas was an ex­cit­ing time.

"The team is thrilled to have four of our koalas re­turn home, fol­low­ing what has been a very chal­leng­ing time for us all,” said Mr Hall.

Rosie Booth, Wildlife Direc­tor of Aus­tralia Zoo also said: "Dur­ing their short stay with us, Bobby, Billy, Tal­low and Jed­dah have been feast­ing on eu­ca­lyp­tus and have cap­tured the hearts of ev­ery­one who has had the plea­sure of car­ing for them.

Once set­tled in, guests to Wild Life Hamil­ton Is­land can meet the furry friends through the at­trac­tion’s Koala En­counter and Koala Break­fast ex­pe­ri­ence.

PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

UP AND RUN­NING: This week, Wild Life Hamil­ton Is­land was of­fi­cially “koalai­fied” to re-open.

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