Last Hurrah For Koalas At Great Plains Zoo

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – This is your last chance to see the koalas at the Great Plains Zoo in Sioux Falls.

The zoo has two male koalas on loan from the San Diego Zoo. The animal care team traveled to California to train with their zookeepers on how to properly care for them. The Great Plains Zoo received Moki and Burra in early May and will be sent back to California after Labor Day.

The zoo is saying farewell to the koalas with special activities for visitors through the weekend. There will be Koala Zookeeper Chats, up-close Creature Features, and every person that wears koala themed gear will receive $2 off admission.

“They’ve got cute going for them all day long and so that’s, that’s the best thing, but they’re really interesting animals. They’re found in Australia so you don’t see them a lot. Only about ten zoos in the country have Koalas on exhibit and a lot of those are on the coast,” said Great Plains Zoo Vice President of Operations Dan Simon.

A welcome banner is also being displayed at the zoo for people to sign. It will be sent with the koalas back to San Diego. Zoo officials says thanks in part to the koalas, attendance is up 13 percent from this time last year.

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