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Meet our new baby Koala Joey!

09 Jul 2018 15:48:08

Welcome to our newest arrival - a Koala Joey!

NEWS UPDATE - 18/07/2018

What do you call a little koala joey who popped out of his mother’s pouch early to meet and greet his guests? Buddy. Literally. With the help of the Australia, Wild Life Sydney Zoo is delighted to announce ‘Buddy’ as the name of their newest furry arrival.

The decision of what to name the new koala joey was put to the public last Friday, and received a total of 150 entries from Wild Life guests and Facebook fans. Whilst ‘Bernard’ was the most recurring entry, the team could not ignore ‘Buddy’, submitted by Sydneysider Jo White, for being the perfect fit for the friendly new bub.


We are delighted to announce the debut of its newest arrival, a male koala joey who emerged from his mother’s pouch for the first time earlier this week. Now the search is on for a koala-ty name for the little bub!

The unnamed koala joey was welcomed into the world in October last year and is the son of Bruce and Kyara, and the sibling of Kikki who was born in the last breeding season.

“Our new furry friend is only eight months old and has now fully emerged out of his mother’s pouch which makes him quite advanced for his age,” says Caroline Munro, Senior Keeper at Wild Life Sydney Zoo. “He is also experimenting with eating eucalyptus leaves, though will continue stay with mum and supplement his diet with her milk until he is 12 months old.

“Usually our koala joeys stay snuggled up with mum, getting their much-needed 20+ hours of sleep a day, but this little guy appears to be more interested in making friends, and can be found holding tight onto mum to catch a better glimpse of his visitors throughout the day.”

The arrival of the new koala joey marks another successful year of koala breeding for the Darling Harbour attraction, and will help to further educate the public on the need to protect the Australian-native species which is currently listed as vulnerable in the wild.

To celebrate the new arrival with all of Australia, Wild Life Sydney Zoo are on the hunt for the perfect name that encapsulates their newest arrival’s eager and bubbly personality, and are calling on the public for help. There’s only one condition – in line with the attraction’s naming traditions, his name has to start with the letter ‘B’ after his father!

To enter, Australians are encouraged to visit the Wild Life Sydney Zoo Facebook page and comment with their suggestion, and guests to the attraction this school holidays can drop their entry in a box after meeting their new friend on Koala Rooftop. The winning name will be announced on Friday 13th July with the winning entrant winning a family pass to Wild Life Sydney Zoo.


Find out What's On these July School Holidays! 

Breakfast with the koalas

Includes standard admission and a photo


Full Price


  • Includes entry to WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo
  • Enjoy a hot buffet breakfast served on the koala rooftop on Saturdays and Sundays at 7.15am
  • Free admission under age 4

Koala Encounter & Photo

Step into the koala enclosure


On the Day


For up to 4 People
  • Get up close to our very cute koalas
  • Includes a photo opportunity
  • Private session with a koala keeper inside the enclosure