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Features > Brisbane, Australia (April 2009) > Koalas, Koalas, Koalas

I already had a special place in my heart for the most cuddly animal in the world - the symbol of all that is good in Australia - the Echidna...no - the Koala! So, when researching the trip I discovered that in New South Wales (the state where Sydney is located) and Victoria (where Melbourne sits) forbid normal people from holding a koala, but the fair and just state of the Queen (Queensland) allowed it. Near the wonderful city of Brisbane in that state is the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. It is the world's oldest koala sanctuary, started in 1927, and the largest. There are more than 130 koalas there, and the ones that get held are strictly limited to 30 minutes a day.

After takeoff from Sydney on the fabulously cheap Virgin Blue discount airline, a big oil processing station

After happening upon the bus that we were to get to the sanctuary it dropped us off right there!

The koalas were in different areas by age, this was the retirement home

I believe this was the teenage area



Many people think koalas are dangerous with sharp claws and smell bad...these people are wrong! At least the koalas we saw here and in other zoos in Australia were very docile and I saw not one person maimed by a koala and lots of them were held...

First Daniel got to hold Barnacle

Then it was my turn...

Just like a little barnacle!

You could also hold these cheesy keychains...

Koalas do sleep a lot, but considering how difficult eucalyptus leaves are to digest and how much of it they must eat, I guess it's understandable


After an educational talk on koalas everybody crowds around to pet one

Poor thing looks confused!


Bored koala?

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