Three’s a crowd – unless you’re a Koala joey at Taronga Zoo!
Keepers spotted joeys, ‘Sydney’, ‘Milli’ and ‘Tucker’ snoozing and spooning happily together this week. The trio have been tree-mates in the Zoo’s Koala Encounter area for the past month, since moving away from their mothers.
The two females, Sydney and Milli, are nearly 18 months old, while male Tucker is the youngest at 12 months old.
Koala keeper, Laura Jones said the trio are enjoying their time together and can often be spotted eating or sleeping close together – and occasionally on top of each other.
“Tucker is usually the poor guy on the bottom. I think he goes to sleep first and then the girls find a comfy spot on top of him,” said Laura. “He’s seems to quite like it at the moment though, as it may remind him of cuddling with his mum.”
Laura said the three joeys could remain together for up to a year if they continue to get along.
“Koalas quite enjoy a cuddle when they’re juveniles, but as they get older they become more independent and want their own space. If these three start battling over places to perch we’ll separate them, but at the moment they’re very happy living together,” said Laura.
Part of Taronga Zoo’s koala breeding program, Sydney, Milli and Tucker all emerged from the pouch during last year’s breeding season. The Zoo has three more joeys getting ready to emerge this season.
Visitors can see Sydney, Milli and Tucker at Taronga Zoo’s Koala Encounter and learn more about one of Australia’s most iconic species and how they are under threat from habitat destruction and population fragmentation.