Koalas Chan, Idalia, Paddle and Pellita enter one-month quarantine

Assistant Curator Rubiah Ismail observing Pellita the koala as part of the morning routine. Rubiah, together with Junior Animal Management Officer Rachel Yeo, was on attachment in Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary for two months to learn all about koala care. On 13 April 2015, four female koalas arrived in Singapore Zoo and the quartet is currently on a month-long quarantine. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.

Assistant Curator Rubiah Ismail observing Pellita the koala as part of the morning routine. Rubiah, together with Junior Animal Management Officer Rachel Yeo, was on attachment in Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary for two months to learn all about koala care. On 13 April 2015, four female koalas arrived in Singapore Zoo and the quartet is currently on a month-long quarantine. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.

Singapore, 16 April 2015 – Four female koalas from Australia landed safely in Singapore on 13 April 2015, and will make Singapore Zoo their temporary home for the next six months.

Koala Idalia enjoys a spot of breakfast of eucalypt leaves flown specially into Singapore by Qantas Airways. Four female koalas arrived in Singapore Zoo on the evening of 13 April 2015 and they are now in quarantine for a month. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Koala Idalia enjoys a spot of breakfast of eucalypt leaves flown specially into Singapore by Qantas Airways. Four female koalas arrived in Singapore Zoo on the evening of 13 April 2015 and they are now in quarantine for a month. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

The furry envoys, named Chan, Idalia, Paddle and Pellita, departed from their home in Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Brisbane, and travelled with Qantas Airways from Brisbane to Singapore. They are now housed in the zoo’s quarantine facility where they will remain for a month. The koala exhibit is expected to open to public in late May with a grand housewarming party and a series of activities for visitors to Singapore Zoo.

Koala Idalia arrived in Singapore on the evening of 13 April 2015, and is currently in quarantine with three other female koalas, Chan, Paddle and Pellita in Singapore Zoo. Members of the public can see koalas in Singapore Zoo’s Australian Outback section from late-May. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Koala Idalia arrived in Singapore on the evening of 13 April 2015, and is currently in quarantine with three other female koalas, Chan, Paddle and Pellita in Singapore Zoo. Members of the public can see koalas in Singapore Zoo’s Australian Outback section from late-May. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Ms Claire Chiang, Chairman, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, 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. They will no doubt charm zoo visitors of all ages when the exhibit officially opens.”

The quartet is a precious gift from Australia to Singapore on the occasion of Singapore’s 50th anniversary of independence, and the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Australia and Singapore.