First Koala joey born in Australian wildlife park since bushfires (VIDEOS)

May 28 2020, 9:00 am

Australian Reptile Park, a wildlife park in Somersby, New South Wales, Australia, has welcomed its first baby koala since the extensive bushfires that devastated the region.

The baby — known as a joey — made its first appearance in a video posted by the facility to Facebook.

“We have a very special announcement… Our very first koala of the season has popped out of Mum’s pouch to say hello! 🐨,” the caption explains.

The tiny ball of pure fluffy cuteness is a female that keepers have aptly named Ash to commemorate the fact that she is the first koala born at the park since the disastrous Australian bushfires.

The birth of this adorable joey signifies a hopeful future not only for the koala species but also for Australia’s native wildlife overall.

Australian Reptile Park is set to open Monday, June 1, according to a separate Facebook post. The facility initially closed back in March due to COVID-19.

In order to protect the health and safety of guests while adhering to physical distancing measures and ensuring that they have the best possible experience, the facility is offering free, one-hour guided tours included with general admission tickets.

 

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The guided groups will be limited to nine people. They will take visitors on a comprehensive tour of the park and grant them behind-the-scenes access to unique experiences and animal encounters.

Although the facility has been closed, it has remained incredibly active on social media, consistently posting photos and videos of its animal residents through engaging and educational content.

“We reached tens-of-millions during lockdown on social media with our educational videos and live streams about wildlife,” the Facebook post explains, “Now we’re asking for your help. Come and visit us and share this post with our community, friends and family.”

 

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The post continues that visitors are requested to purchase their tickets online prior to their visit.

“During these uncertain times, visiting a wildlife park with your family is the best way to connect with nature and each other,” the post continues. “With ample space for social distancing, the Australian Reptile Park is one of the safest places for you and your family to visit now COVID-19 restrictions are easing.”

For additional information concerning how the Australian Reptile Park is ensuring the health and safety of its animals, staff, and guests, visit the park’s official website.

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