Threat­ened koalas in UK

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - BRIAN READE -

FIVE south­ern koalas have been flown to the UK to start a back-up pop­u­la­tion of the threat­ened species.

The four fe­males and one male are part of a breed­ing pro­gramme away from such risks as dis­ease in their na­tive Aus­tralia.

Lon­gleat Sa­fari Park in Wilt­shire will be the only place in Europe vis­i­tors can see south­ern koalas.

They ar­rived from Ade­laide on Thurs­day with two south­ern hairy-nosed wom­bats. Lon­gleat said: “All are set­tling in well.”

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