Koalas from Australia to be on exhibition from late May at Singapore Zoo

SINGAPORE- Four koalas from Australia have landed in Singapore and are expected to be on exhibition at the Singapore Zoo in late May, Wildlife Reserves Singapore said on Thursday.

The koalas, which arrived on April 13, are now housed in the Singapore Zoo's quarantine facility where they will remain for a month.

They will stay at the zoo for six months. The koalas are a gift from Australia to Singapore on the occasion of Singapore's 50th birthday, and the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Australia and Singapore.

The animals, named Chan, Idalia, Paddle and Pellita, left their home in Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Brisbane, and travelled to Singapore via Qantas Airways.

WRS chairman Claire Chiang said: "We are ecstatic to host the koalas for the next six months. These lovely creatures are excellent animal ambassadors for Australia, offering a peek into the biodiversity of eucalyptus forests."

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