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.

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...

About Koala Bungaleenee

Bungaleenee Origin of name: Bungaleenee was an Aboriginal man from Gippsland at the time of European invasion. He was accused of involvement in a crime (which probably never happened) and imprisoned, and his two sons were taken away and ‘educated’ at the Merri Creek...

About Koala Wemba

Wemba Origin of name: Wemba is named for the Wemba-wemba Aboriginal People of northern Victoria. Our former chief Koala Researcher, Melinda, is descended from the Wemba Wemba.  Melinda and her family have been influential throughout Echidna Walkabout's history. Known...

About Koala Winberry

Winberry Origin of name: Winberry was an Aboriginal man living around Melbourne at the time of Melbourne’s invasion. Known since: He was first seen on 19 December 2009 in the area he still lives today. How often seen: Winberry is one of our most frequently-seen...

About Koala Djadja

Djadja Origin of name: Djadja is taken from Djadja-wurrung, the Aboriginal People of northern Victoria. Known since: Koala Djadja was first seen on 4 October 2016 as a 6 month old joey. That puts her birthday at around March/April 2016. How often seen: She was seen 15...

About Koala Babarrang

Babarrang Origin of name: Babarrang means auntie in the local Wathaurong Aboriginal language. Known since: She was first seen in November 2013, with a joey. She appeared mature when first seen, so she was probably at least 3 years old at that time. How often seen:...

About Koala Ngardang

Ngardang Origin of name: Ngardang means sister in the Wathaurong Aboriginal language of the You Yangs/Geelong/Ballarat region. Known since: 2014 – she was first seen as a tiny joey with her mum Babarrang. We estimate she was born in January 2014. How often seen: She...

About Koala Lluvia

Lluvia Origin of name: Lluvia means rain in Spanish. When he was a baby we were hoping for rain, and we asked our team member, Carolina, from Colombia, the word for rain in Spanish. Known since: He first emerged as a 6 month old from Misty’s pouch on 25 August 2015....

About Koala Bobo

Bobo Origin of name: Suggested by Wildlife Guide Kirby - seemed to fit with YuYu Known since: Bobo first emerged from YuYu's pouch on 19th November 2017 How often seen: Bobo has been seen 9 times in 2018. That might change when he becomes independent, but at the...

About Koala YuYu

YuYu Origin of name: Named by one of our best supporters after her pet, but changed a little to incorporate the sound of the You Yangs. Known since: YuYu was first seen on 16th November 2014 How often seen: YuYu was seen 13 times in 2017. She is not seen as often as...

About Koala Misty

Misty Origin of name: In 2014 she was taken into koala hospital due to heat stress after four days over 40 C. She enjoyed having a fine mist sprayed onto her. Known since: 18th January 2014 How often seen: She has been seen 31 times in 2017 Family: She has two...

About Koala Cuddles

Cuddles Origin of name: Named to honour Cuddles of Noosa, a wild male koala who was monitored for years by Bernard Jean & Meghan Halverson of Queensland Koala Crusaders/Noosa Koala Sightings. Cuddles of Noosa sadly passed away in 2016, the year Cuddles of the You...

About Koala KiKi

KiKi Origin of name: KiKi seemed to fit with YuYu. It means new life. Known since: She was first seen as a tiny baby on 28 September 2016 with her mother YuYu. How often seen: KiKi has been seen over 25 times in 2017. Family: KiKi is the adventurous daughter of YuYu....

About Koala Kozo

Kozo Kozo is funny, curious and relaxed like his mother KiKi. Origin of name: a combination of KiKi and Cruiz. Kozo means “Happy Boy” in Japanese Known since: September 2017 How often seen: Kozo has been seen about six times since he first emerged. Family: Kozo’s...

About Koala Anzac

Anzac Origin of name: Two other male koalas in the area were named Tim Tam and Vegemite – both popular Australian foods. Anzac Biscuits are much loved, and he was first named on Anzac Day. How long known: We first met Anzac in 2007. We watched him take over the home...

About Koala Pat

Pat Origin of name: When we first met Pat as a joey, we weren’t sure if she was female or male. Pat suits both. How long known: Pat has been known to our researchers since January 2006. She was still a baby living with her mother Smoky.  In fact, Smoky appeared in...

About Koala Clancy

Clancy Origin of name: The day we first met Clancy we were running a charity program for families with very ill children. One of the families had to leave their sick daughter in hospital as she was too ill to come. When Clancy popped his head out of the pouch, and I...