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Koalas in US Zoos
Old 11-11-2008

The thread about the koalas in Calgary Zoo made me wonder. How many zoos in the US display koalas that are not part of the San Diego group? I know Albuquerque's koalas do not belong to San Diego. Which others if any?
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I'm not sure, but I think LA's koalas don't belong to SD.
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I think you're right. The other one I suspect is Riverbanks in SC.
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Old 12-11-2008

The Koalas in Albuquerque are the only remaining Victorian Koalas in the US. Los Angeles, Columbus, and Saint Louis are the other institutions that have held this subspecies.
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When were Victorians first exhibited and where? Note: Columbus koala breeding has been stopped due to hip dysplasia in both koalas born here.
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After some further research, the only Queensland Koalas in the US not owned by San Diego are at San Francisco (descendants of their original Australia import in the 1980s), Los Angeles Zoo (on loan from Australia), and Riverbanks Zoo (on loan from an Australia zoo).

Its also important to note (from the Koala SSP) that all Koalas imported to the US and originating from Australia after 1999 fall under the Australian Government Environment Australia's Koala Ambassador Agreement. All progeny, in perpetuity, of these imported animals also fall under the terms of this agreement, under which ownership is retained by the Australian Government. Beacause of this agreement, all koalas under this agreement cannot necessarily be paired with those Koalas not in the agreement (ie San Diego and San Francisco's) as the ownership of any offspring produced from the pairing would then become property of the Australian Government.
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When were Victorians first exhibited and where? Note: Columbus koala breeding has been stopped due to hip dysplasia in both koalas born here.
The Victorian subspecies was first exhibited (in the US) in 1982 at the Los Angeles Zoo.

The first to arrive at Columbus was in 1991. The last Victoria Koala at Columbus (Gumnut) left for Albuquerque in 2006. Columbus had three Victorian joeys total born at the zoo. Two died soon after birth and one lived only 10 months.
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Old 13-11-2008

Thanks for all the info Okapikpr!
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Cleveland Zoo has a permanent Koala display and they recently in 2007 had a baby.
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After some further research, the only Queensland Koalas in the US not owned by San Diego are at San Francisco (descendants of their original Australia import in the 1980s), Los Angeles Zoo (on loan from Australia), and Riverbanks Zoo (on loan from an Australia zoo).

Its also important to note (from the Koala SSP) that all Koalas imported to the US and originating from Australia after 1999 fall under the Australian Government Environment Australia's Koala Ambassador Agreement. All progeny, in perpetuity, of these imported animals also fall under the terms of this agreement, under which ownership is retained by the Australian Government. Beacause of this agreement, all koalas under this agreement cannot necessarily be paired with those Koalas not in the agreement (ie San Diego and San Francisco's) as the ownership of any offspring produced from the pairing would then become property of the Australian Government.
That said. Can you clarify what happens in case pairings are set up with the US-based Queensland ssp. koalas where individuals are involved from both the MOU-agreement and non-MOU agreement?

Is the breeding programme negatively impacted at all by the distinction between populations being MOU-operated and those predating that period?

As an example San Diego recently sent out a pair to Calgary for exhibition purposes. Would that exemplify the dillema within the Koala SSP?
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That said. Can you clarify what happens in case pairings are set up with the US-based Queensland ssp. koalas where individuals are involved from both the MOU-agreement and non-MOU agreement?
As mentioned before, the offspring from said pair would become property of the Australian Government.

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Is the breeding programme negatively impacted at all by the distinction between populations being MOU-operated and those predating that period?
No yet, as far. as I can see from the studbook data

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As an example San Diego recently sent out a pair to Calgary for exhibition purposes. Would that exemplify the dillema within the Koala SSP?
Not really, San Diego itself has had its own Koala Ambassador Program and has been doing this for years to various zoos around the world (except Australia of course!). San Diego has had a pretty good track record with its loaning program of Koalas.
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Old 16-01-2009

In the next year, the Houston Zoo will phase out Koalas and ship out its last individual and the Palm Beach Zoo will become a new holder for koalas. There is also supposed to be an exchange of koalas between the SSP and EEP populations.
 


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