Thursday, September 05, 2013

Koalafornia Dreaming

Koala Dreaming @ The San Diego Zoo
The koalas in San Diego Zoo have moved to a bigger home, called the Australian Outback Exhibit. The San Diego Zoo’s koala colony is the largest outside of Australia. The new Australian Outback three-acre exhibit features koalas and a variety of other Aussie animals including wombats, wallabies, and 23 species of Australian birds. 

If you come to San Diego Zoo middle of the day, most probably, you will catch koalas enjoying their dreamland for they sleep about 16-18 hours a day. Of their awake hours, they are most of the time eating eucalyptus.
Koala Munching Eucalyptus
The koala exhibit is one of my favorite exhibits in San Diego Zoo, whether awake or sleeping, I find them so adorably cute. Since I have written before a post about koala's behavior, in this post, I will simply share the joy of observing them when they are awake. :)

This week, I went to the zoo, not expecting any koalas to be awake since I got to the zoo late, about 10:00 am. However, to my surprise, a baby koala was awake and playful, while probably all the other more than 20 koalas in the exhibit were Koalafornia Dreaming. 
Baby Boy Koala Awake
It is not common to see koala awake late in the morning since koalas are nocturnal animals. Also, they are awake only about 6-8 hours of the day. If you want to visit the koalas in their awake and playful moment ( but for sure you still would see a few sleeping), you visit the Australian Exhibit at the zoo the first thing you get in the morning, but more of them are awake normally when it is late in the afternoon ( like past 5 pm) or in the evening. That is why, summer nights at the zoo extends to 9 pm now, to give people a chance to see the playfulness of nocturnal animals. 
The baby boy koala who was the only one awake when I got there this week was very playful. He showed us how he climbs down a tree. He does it like me, head facing up, hugging the tree, and moving the lower legs one step lower at a time. The zoo keeper told me that only the red panda could go down a tree with heads down first. I have been coming back to the zoo but I always learn a few things from observing these cute furry friends. :)
baby boy koala going down one step at a time
careful careful baby boy koala
cute!his feet has now safely landed on this trunk
he is now breezing an easy walk
The pictures below on the other hand were taken maybe 2-3 weeks ago. I am not sure if these koalas were kissing or were sharing eucalyptus. :) Nevertheless, they look so sweet, don't they?

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  1. thanks to you Beth, i am now koalafornia dreaming! dreaming of seeing playful koala in California with you!!! haha! they are indeed sooooooo adorable! lucky you got to see and photograph one playful koala. :)

  2. Koalas are some of the cutest animals on Earth.

  3. Ooh, they are just so adorable! I want to go to the San Diego zoo..


  4. Oh those are the sweetest thing, Love the first shot the most.

  5. What cuties! Now I regret visiting this page with my Triz beside me coz she's now asking to take her to this place to see Koalas for real! :D

  6. Betchai, how absolutely adorable. You captured them so well, great shots. It's so nice to see them awake. The koalas here at the SF zoo are always asleep :)

  7. Oozing with cuteness! I haven't seen one in person yet but would really love too and even cuddle one if I am allowed. I wonder what their behavior will be if their main staple is not eucalyptus? Would they be aggressive or still be that docile and cute little marsupials that they are? Hmmmm...

  8. Oh! that cute klittle creature. She somehow manages great pose. Maraming Eucalyptus tree dito sa amin, all I need is a Koala pair.

  9. That’s lovely lovely work there…
    The first shot is so cute

  10. Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww too cute and too cuddly :-) I have never see one Koala yet :-) I am not sure if we have Koalas at The Buffalo Zoo :-) I will check it next time if we go this year :-)

  11. I adore koalas. Your photos are just amazing. Now I want to go to the zoo.

  12. so cute...I will show this post to my daughter tomorrow, she will be very happy for sure because she loves koala...she even have koala stuffed toy from Oz. love all those pictures, beautifully captured and the details of each pictures are just lovely...great shot as always! have a great weekend. :)

  13. They are so adorable! I sure enjoyed watching the baby koala climbing down the tree. The zoo in Tucson doesn't have koalas but I remember seeing them in San Diego many years ago.

  14. Koalas are cute, because we think in that way.

  15. oh am gee!!!!! they look so cuuuttteeee!!!!! the baby koala going down is my favorite!!! hmmm the eucalyptus must taste so great! I could watch them all day and not get bored! -Joys of Simple Life it is :) take care on your weekend trip Betchai! love yah! :)