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Koala Creek opens at Longleat

Photo: Longleat Safari Park

The Safari Park is now home to four southern koalas.

 

Longleat's newest enclosure, Koala Creek, has finally opened to the public.

Home to four Koalas, the Creek is now the only place in England (and one of two places in the UK) where people can see the bears.

The safari park is also the only place in Europe to be looking after southern koalas.

The Creek, which is located just next to the giant otters and crocodiles, features a running stream, climbing poles, naturally-themed indoor and outdoor habitats, viewing areas, interpretation boards as well as a Koala Care unit.

The enclosure is also home to a pair of southern hairy-nosed wombats and group of potoroos, a type of miniature kangaroo-like marsupial.

Koala. Photo: Longleat Safari Park

Longleat will now act as the European hub for International Koala Centre of Excellence (IKCE), whose headquarters will be at Cleland.

The International Koala Centre of Excellence (IKCE) raises funds to support scientists at universities, government departments and in private organisations to carry out research to help sustainably manage koala populations.

In 2012 the koala was listed as 'vulnerable to extinction' in some parts of Australia.

The park is open from 10 until 5 every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 

Hairy-nosed wombat. Photo: Longleat Safari Park

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