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KoalaPhascolarctos cinereus

Koalas primarily eat eucalyptus leaves. While that may seem boring, there are more than 600 different kinds of eucalyptus trees with Koalas preferring about three dozen varieties. Eucalyptus leaves contain a scented oil that can make a Koala smell like a cough drop!
Only found in Australia, Koalas are now considered vulnerable in the wild due to habitat loss, drought and disease. It is estimated there are approximately 330,000 individuals left across their current range. Habitat conservation programs along with research and managed-care programs are now being enacted to ensure the survival of the Koala. The Great Plains Zoo is supporting Koala conservation efforts through our partnership with the San Diego Zoo and the Australian government.


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Cute, can’t miss Koalas are at the Great Plains Zoo May 13 – September 4, 2017. Moki and Burra, two rare Koalas on loan from the San Diego Zoo, will be on exhibit in the Koala Wilds exhibit. Only 10 zoos in the United States care for Koalas, so don’t miss our seeing these unique animals, only in Sioux Falls for a limited time!

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