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Holding a Koala in the Cairns area

Lethbridge, AB
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Holding a Koala in the Cairns area

Hello,

I am looking for a recommendation to find the best place to hold or cuddle a koala in the Cairns area. I have heard about Cairns Zoo, Kuranda Koala gardens, rainforest habitat and hartley's croc adventures. Which is best?

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1. Re: Holding a Koala in the Cairns area

I can't help with any of your choices but just keep in mind that very few places in Australia will let you actually 'hold' the koala - these animals stress very easily. More likely you will be able to sort of put your arm round it (while the koala is on a large post or being held by zoo staff) and stroke it a bit.

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2. Re: Holding a Koala in the Cairns area

You can hold Koalas here no problem. they love a good cuddle though prefer to sleep most of the time so they can only be handled for short time each day, have days off etc.

Cairns Tropical Zoo is probably the one that gets mentioned the most.

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3. Re: Holding a Koala in the Cairns area

Cairns tropical zoo has a great Koala set up, has a nursery where u can see young ones and you can def hold one.

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4. Re: Holding a Koala in the Cairns area

I am pretty sure that you cannot at Hartley's. It is very worth a visit though.

Edited: 30 April 2011, 07:20
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5. Re: Holding a Koala in the Cairns area

and here's me thinking the op's question could only be answered by a vet.

Cairns, Australia
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6. Re: Holding a Koala in the Cairns area

What a strange thing to say Lien,.

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7. Re: Holding a Koala in the Cairns area

Another person qualified to answer the question must surely be former tourism minister John Brown. He certainly had somethng to say about them :-)

Having dug around a bit, I've unearthed the Queensland Goverment's Code of Practice which prescribes minimum standards for exhibiting wildlife in Queensland.

www.derm.qld.gov.au/register/p00064aa.pdf

It includes rules governing the handling of koalas by members of the public.

Provided a Qld zoo has a sufficient number of suitable koalas, it looks like they can offer holding photo-ops reasonably frequently.

I'd love to have their working conditions - maximum 180 minutes a week!

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8. Re: Holding a Koala in the Cairns area

"I'd love to have their working conditions - maximum 180 minutes a week!"

That would constitute heaps of overtime for a koala. :)

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9. Re: Holding a Koala in the Cairns area

I think some koalas would like it, lien

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10. Re: Holding a Koala in the Cairns area

Thanks everyone. Yes, my understanding is that they only "work" for a few hours a week and they do seem to enjoy some contact. I think the Cairns Zoo might the way to go.