Five koalas arrive at a British safari park after flying 10,000 miles from Australia

Mail Online | 5/24/2019 | Harry Pettit For Mailonline
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Five southern koalas have arrived at their new home in Wiltshire after flying 10,000 miles from Australia.

The iconic marsupials travelled from Cleland Wildlife Park near Adelaide to Longleat safari park in a bid to protect their species.

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Conservation experts hope the koalas will act as ambassadors for the species in Europe.

They form part of an international effort to preserve the species by spreading small groups to parks and zoos across the globe.

Koala - Numbers - Cent - Regions - Australia

Koala numbers have dropped nearly 80 per cent in some regions of Australia over the past two decades.

The fall is due in part to a deadly chlamydia epidemic that has ravaged the species, infecting 100 per cent of some wild populations.

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Graeme Dick, of Longleat, said: 'We're delighted to announce the arrival of the koalas and wombats here at Longleat.

'All appear in excellent health and are settling in well.

'This - Culmination - Project - Beginning - Era

'This is the culmination of a two-year project and the beginning of an exciting new era.

'We hope these animals will act as conservation ambassadors for the species, and promote conservation and education about Australian marsupials.'

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The group were special guests on a Singapore Airlines Cargo aircraft, accompanied by keepers and a veterinary team.

After touching down at Heathrow on Thursday night, the koalas were picked up from the runway and transported to Longleat.

Health - Check - Arrival - Fit

They were given a full health check on arrival and declared fit and well.

The arrival of the koalas is part of an initiative by the Government of South Australia to enhance the management and conservation of the koala.

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The project will enable conservation research that will help to protect the koala population in South Australia.

Southern koalas, which have thicker fur and can weigh twice as much as northern koalas, are not an endangered species but are...
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