Longleat: Koala conservation scheme ‘working regardless of demise’

Longleat Safari Park says the remaining koalas in its conservation challenge are “extremely robust”, although one animal died earlier this yr.

In October 2018, 5 southern koalas have been flown to the UK, as a part of plans to create a back-up inhabitants away from the illnesses and threats they face of their native Australia.

Inside just a few weeks, one feminine grew to become sick with a kidney illness and the park stated it had no selection however to place her down.

The Born Free Basis argues the scheme is not viable with such a small variety of koalas and says it’s only a money-making ploy.

However Longleat says the challenge is contributing to analysis that helps koalas within the wild, and a few of the earnings will go instantly into conserving koalas.

The koala enclosure opens to the general public on Friday.

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