Koalamania launches at the Singapore Zoo

Four furry new friends are set to welcome visitors with the opening of their new exhibit today

Photos: Wildlife Reserves Singapore
Photos: Wildlife Reserves Singapore
20 May 2015

Photos: Wildlife Reserves Singapore

A new exhibit, Koalamania, housing four furry envoys from Australia – koalas Chan, Idalia, Paddle and Pellita -  just held an opening ceremony today (May 20).

Mr K Shanmugam, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Law, Singapore, and the Honourable Julie Bishop, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Australia officiated the event and had an up-close encounter with Pellita the koala.

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

Ms Claire Chiang, Chairman, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, said, “The four koalas are living emblems of the strong and longstanding friendship between Australia and Singapore.”

Visitors may now see the furry marsupials from now till January next year and look forward to a series of June holiday activities from Australian arts and crafts stations to aboriginal dance performances.

Pictured above: Mr K Shanmugam, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Law, Singapore, and the Honourable Julie Bishop, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Australia, meet Pellita. 


Mr K Shanmugam with koala Pellita
Mr K Shanmugam with koala Pellita
20 May 2015

Mr K Shanmugam with koala Pellita


Caretaker hand-feeding koala Pellita
Caretaker hand-feeding koala Pellita
20 May 2015

Caretaker hand-feeding koala Pellita

Caretakers weighing koala Paddle
Caretakers weighing koala Paddle
20 May 2015

Caretakers weighing koala Paddle

Koala Chan
Koala Chan
20 May 2015

Koala Chan

Koala Chan
Koala Chan
20 May 2015

Koala Chan

Koala Idalia
Koala Idalia
20 May 2015

Koala Idalia

Koala Idalia
Koala Idalia
20 May 2015

Koala Idalia

Koalas Chan (right) and Idalia (left)
Koalas Chan (right) and Idalia (left)
20 May 2015

Koalas Chan (right) and Idalia (left)

Koala Paddle
Koala Paddle
20 May 2015

Koala Paddle

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