It is not often you associate the names “Bonnie and Clyde” with “cute and cuddly”, however at Alma Park Zoo, it is the new Southern Koalas which have been given the outlaw names.
Arriving in July, Bonnie and Clyde and have already made themselves well at home. The Southern Koalas differ from the Northern Koalas in size, amount of fur and colour.
Visitors can compare Bonnie and Clyde with the Northern Koalas at the zoo and will notice the extra fur, particularly around their ears and the brown tinge in their coats.
How much can a koala bear? Clyde enjoying his new home at Alma
Alma Park Zoo Curator Dr Heather Hesterman said the Zoo was fortunate to have Bonnie and Clyde as their second and third Southern Koalas.
Their first Southern Koala was Baxter, which arrived last year.
“Southern Koalas are in just as much peril as their northern counterparts and populations declined drastically in the 1900’s. Similar threats face the Southern Koala with destruction of habitat, the threat from domestic animals and the danger of being hit by cars,” Dr Hesterman said.
“Unfortunately, there are few wild animals left so it is important that we strive to protect and ensure healthy captive populations of Southern Koalas.”