Three koala joey’s at Kuranda wildlife park
Kuranda Wildlife Park

The staff at Rainforestation Nature Park in Kuranda are celebrating the emergence of the first of several koala joey’s in their Koala nursery with a naming competition through their Facebook page.

Three of the park’s koalas, Kiah, Tim Tam and Clover, all have joey’s, each at various stages of development. Kiah’s male joey, the oldest, was born on Christmas Day last year and visitors to the park can expect to see him on Kiah’s back as he learns to fend for himself over the next few months.

Rainforestation Nature Park will be running a competition in the lead up to the September school holidays, calling for locals and visitors to the region to name Kiah’s male joey, with entries submitted via the Rainforestation Facebook page.

The winner will receive an Annual 4 Park Pass for their family so they can regularly visit the joey and watch him grow, as well as have the name displayed on a plaque at the koala enclosure.

Meanwhile, Tim Tam’s joey, a female, is expected to be the next out of the pouch, followed by Clover’s joey in a couple of months.

Koala joey with keeper
The little koala joey with a keeper

Rainforestation Nature Park Manager Chris Grantham said the koala joey’s were delighting staff and visitors alike. “The first joey to come out of the pouch has us all very excited, and he’s already very brave and adventurous, showing off for the cameras,” he said. “The second joey has started to make a couple of appearances – she has been sticking her head and leg out of the pouch, and we’re expecting her to come out completely very soon.”

Join our Tropic Wings Kuranda Classic Tour for the opportunity to see this joey and his Mum. Tours depart daily from Cairns, Northern Beaches and Port Douglas and souvenir koala cuddle photos can be purchased at Rainforestation Nature Park in Kuranda.