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