Meet the koalas in our Wild Koala Research Project

Or meet them personally on one of our koala research tours: Great Ocean Road 3 day, Sunset Koalas & Kangaroos IN THE WILD or Koalas & Kangaroos IN THE WILD.

Our Koala’s family trees

Our Koala’s Stories

About Koala Shaz

Shaz Origin of name: Shaz is just such an Aussie name! Known since: We first saw Shaz in November 2015. She looked very young, maybe just 2 years old. How often seen: Shaz was only seen once in 2015, twice in 2016, not at all in 2017. In 2018 she was seen just two...

About Koala Smoky

Smoky Origin of name: We first found Smoky on 30 January 2006, while a devastating bushfire was raging in the nearby Brisbane Ranges. The air was full of smoke. We lost a healthy koala community and 27 much-loved koalas to that bushfire. From 1992 to 2006 all our...

About Koala Merle

Merle Origin of name: Named for one of our first guests to meet him, back in 2006. Known since: Merle was first seen on 26 February 2006. How often seen: He was seen very frequently from 2006 to 2010, when he disappeared quite suddenly. In 2010 he was seen 76 times....

About Koala LuLu

LuLu Origin of name: Her mother is KiKi, her grandmother is YuYu and we thought it just fit. Also, there’s a great children’s book called Koala Lou, which we love. Known since: LuLu first emerged from KiKi’s pouch in early September 2018, which means she would have...

About Koala Djaki

Djaki (Balit-Djak) Origin of name: Balit-djak is a Woiwurrung Aboriginal word meaning “very strong”. Since the start its been shortened to Djaki. Known since: Djaki was first seen out of the pouch on 26 July 2018. That makes his birthday around 26 January. How often...

About Koala Wooloomanata

Wooloomanata Origin of name: One of the original names of the You Yangs is Wooloomanata, and one of the historic properties adjacent to the park has this name. Known since: “Wooly” was first seen in January 2015, about 4km west of where he has been seen lately. How...

About Koala Carninje

Carninje Origin of name: Carninje is named to honour the Carninje Balug People of the Wathaurong or Burrumbeet tribe. Their clan area is around Linton, west of Mt Buninyong. Known since: She was first seen on 30 November 2011 as a mature, breeding female koala. She...

About Koala Jin Jin

Jin Jin Origin of name: Jin Jin was an Aboriginal man in the Melbourne area at the time of European invasion and settlement. He was imprisoned with Tullamarine, but they escaped by setting fire to the jail. Known since: He was first seen in early 2013. How often seen:...

About 3 year old female koala CoCo

CoCo Origin of name: As her mother’s name is YuYu, and CoCo is a baby name – it seemed to fit. Known since: She was first seen on 20 October 2015. She was probably 7 or 8 months old by that time. That makes her 3 years old now. How often seen: CoCo is a shy one. She...

About Koala Bunyip

Bunyip Origin of name: We asked some travellers for suggestions for a really Australian name. Boomerang and Bunyip were the two favourites. Bunyip is a Wemba-wemba Aboriginal word for a scary monster that lives in billabongs and waterholes. We decided that as...

About Koala Pickle

Origin of name: I know, Pickle!!!??? Well it goes like this…. Our wonderful Wildlife Guide Brett and his partner Jess wanted to call a koala joey Pickle in 2017. I (Janine) resisted as I thought it was a bit of a tough name to grow up with. Then one day in 2018 our...

About Koala Ruth

Ruth Origin of name: One of our lovely guests, Leslie, was so keen to meet our koalas that she booked a Koalas & Kangaroos IN THE WILD tour, made a donation to Koala Clancy Foundation and respectfully asked if she could also join our Koala Conservation Day for...

About Koala Mara

Mara Origin of name: Mara is named to honour the Gunditj-mara Aboriginal People of western Victoria. Learn about the Gunditj-mara People and take a tour with Budj Bim Tours Known since: Mara was first seen on 19 January 2016. She appeared to be a young mature female...

About Koala Mabo

Mabo Origin of name: Mabo is named to honour Eddie Mabo – the Torres Strait Islander man who was responsible for changing the Native Title laws in Australia. Read about this amazing man here. How long have we known him? Mabo the koala was first seen in early January...

About Koala Lakorra

Lakorra Origin of name: Hannah, one of our Koala Researchers, and an Aboriginal woman living on Wathaurong Country, proposed the name. Lakorra means sky in the Wathaurong language. Known since: We first saw Lakorra as a tiny joey on Ngardang’s belly on 23 September...

About Koala Gulkurguli

Gulkurguli Origin of name: Gulkurguli means boy in Wathaurong, the original language of the You Yangs region. A book by Bruce Pascoe: “Convincing Ground: Learning to Fall in Love with Your Country” includes a reference to the Wathaurong word gulkurguli. Known since:...

About Koala Jandamarra

Jandamarra Origin of name: Jandamarra is named after the famous Aboriginal freedom fighter of the Bunuba People of the Kimberley region, Western Australia. Read about this amazing man here. Known since: He was first seen in January 2017 . How often seen: Jandamarra...

About Koala Zack

Zack Origin of name: It just seemed to suit him.. Known since: He was first seen in October 2013, as a fairly young male. We assume he was around 3 years old at that time. How often seen: Zack has already been seen 29 times in 2018. He is a frequent superstar! Family:...

About Koala Bermborok

Bermborok Origin of name: The Bermborok Clan of the Wathaurong Aboriginal People lived for tens of thousands of years around the Brisbane Ranges, just west of the You Yangs. The current town of Beremboke is sourced from this name. Known since: She was first seen in...

About Koala Cruiz

Cruiz Origin of name: At first we mostly saw Cruiz in summer, on days when we were running shore excursions off cruise ships. These days we see him all year round. Known since: We first saw Cruiz as a big healthy young male, possibly about 3 years old, in November...