Eight koalas from Cleland Wildlife Park off to Hong Kong

koalas to hong kong

“Eight koalas from Cleland Wildlife Park will be sent overseas to be housed at a $5 million enclosure in Hong Kong. Ocean Park will create a 13 hectare eucalyptus forest in Guangzhou, China to provide feed for the koalas. Talking to 891 ABC Adelaide Breakfast from Beijing, Premier Jay Weatherill said the deal would be almost a ‘pandas in reverse’, referring to the acquisition of a panda breeding pair for the Adelaide Zoo several years ago.”Hong Kong is actually the shopfront for, really, the whole of China,” Premier Weatherill said. “About 35 million of the 48 million visitors that come every year to Hong Kong are actually from mainland China.” Mr Weatherill said the transferring of koalas into the park would provide an opportunity to showcase the state to both countries. “It’s also, for South Australian businesses, a great way to start, because it is smaller and the British traditions there mean that it is easier to navigate.” The koalas will be raised at the Cleland Wildlife Park before being transferred to Hong Kong in August of next year.”

By: Brett Williamson; From; 891 ABC Adelaide; April 23, 2013

Full article can be found at: 891 ABC Adelaide

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