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China: Not just pandas! Largest overseas koala population welcomes 6th gen cub

China, Guangzhou
May 20, 2019 at 11:14 GMT +00:00 · Published

China's Chimelong Safari Park in Guangzhou is home to the largest population of Koalas outside of their native Australia, with a group of 60 of the tiny bears spanning six generations. The youngest cub, Happy, born last October, came out of its mothers pouch last week and started greeting tourists.

The large family, shown in footage filmed on Monday, started from a family of just six koalas introduced into the park in 2006.

"In the same year, Tao Tao gave birth to twin koalas, which are the only twin koalas in the world," said zookeeper Zhihui Wang.

Uki the 17-year-old family elder and one of the six original Chimelong Safari Park koalas, is 100 in human years, given koalas' usual life-span of 12 to 13 years.

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China's Chimelong Safari Park in Guangzhou is home to the largest population of Koalas outside of their native Australia, with a group of 60 of the tiny bears spanning six generations. The youngest cub, Happy, born last October, came out of its mothers pouch last week and started greeting tourists.

The large family, shown in footage filmed on Monday, started from a family of just six koalas introduced into the park in 2006.

"In the same year, Tao Tao gave birth to twin koalas, which are the only twin koalas in the world," said zookeeper Zhihui Wang.

Uki the 17-year-old family elder and one of the six original Chimelong Safari Park koalas, is 100 in human years, given koalas' usual life-span of 12 to 13 years.

C/U Uki

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W/S Koala family

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SOT, Zhihui Wang, Zookeeper (Mandarin): "Chimelong Safari Park introduced six koalas from Australia in 2006. In the same year, Tao Tao gave birth to twin koalas, which are the only twin koalas in the world. There have been 60 koalas in the group since we introduced the koalas 13 years ago, which is the world's largest overseas population of koalas outside their birthplace of Australia."

W/S Uki and her sixth generation cub

M/S Sixth generation baby koala on its mother's back

M/S Koala cub on its mother's back

M/S Koala climbing with cub on back

M/S Uki

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SOT, Zhihui Wang, Zookeeper (Mandarin): "Uki was one of the six koalas we introduced from Australia in 2006. She was born on March 21, 2002 and celebrated her 17 birthday in March this year, which is about 100 years old in human age. She lives a happy life with a big family. She has a sixth generation baby now."

W/S Zoo employee brings eucalypt branches

M/S Koalas eating

C/U Koala eating

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W/S Chimelong Safari Park

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