The new Northern Koala at Alma is cheeky!

What makes Franky, the new male Northern Koala at Alma so cheeky?

Franky likes to stick out his tongue to photographers! That is what makes him so cheeky!

Franky has joined Alma Park Park Zoo to add genetic diversity to the captive population of Northern Koalas as part of a koala breeding exchange program with Cooberrie Wildlife Park. Alma exchanged a male Northern Koala Cosmo, for Franky. Franky arrived last week at Alma and by all accounts, he has settled in very well to his new environment.

Franky at Alma Park Zoo
Photo © Teale Shapcott

Franky was born at Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary and is currently 6 years old. Franky has fathered koala joeys in the past and we hope to see joeys fathered by him in the future at Alma.

There are two species of Koala, the Southern Koala and the Northern Koala. Franky is a Northern Koala.

Koalas from southern climates are larger, with longer, thicker fur which is dark grey in colour with chocolate brown highlights. Bonnie and Clyde are Southern Koalas at Alma Park Zoo.

Next time you visit Alma, take your camera and see if Franky will poke his tongue out at you too! :)

Frankie the Cheeky Koala

Franky
Photo © Teale Shapcott

 

Franky
Photo © Teale Shapcott

 

Franky
Photo © Teale Shapcott

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