Opens to the public at 9:30 am on Thursday, April 28
Two koalas traveled to Kansas City from the San Diego Zoo. Flying VIP style on Southwest Airlines. “Coedie” and “Burra,” two-year-old males, will be celebrating their third birthday this summer at the Zoo. They spent the last few days getting accustomed to their brand new exhibit and the new Zookeepers who will be taking great care of them. A Zookeeper from the San Diego Zoo is also here in KC to ease the transition.
Koala Flats opens to the public on Thursday, April 28 at 9:30 am. The fallow deer feeding station was renovated to house these koalas. They have separate living quarters and will be viewable from many different vantage points. Guests will be able to learn more about these marsupials at Koala Zookeeper chats daily at 1 pm.
Koalas have a strict diet, eating primarily eucalyptus leaves. Those leaves must be fresh, and since eucalyptus doesn’t grow in Kansas City, they diets must be flown in twice a week from San Diego. That’s a lot of frequent flyer miles!
Coedie and Burra can’t stay forever at the Kansas City Zoo. They are on loan to us through the San Diego Koala Conservation and Education Program. While they can’t be permanent residents of Kansas City, they will call the Zoo home through November. Plan your trip to visit them today!