Monty Marks Marsupial’s return to Tassie
by Brighton Council
Tasmania’s koala population reached one recently with the arrival of two-year-old Monty at Zoodoo Zoo. Monty was bred as part of an Australia-wide managed population of koalas. The maintenance of a population of koalas in human care provides an important insurance population to help guard against extinction threats, such as the catastrophic bushfires of early 2020.
Born at Ballarat Wildlife Park in Victoria, Monty needed a new home to free up more space for ongoing breeding in the managed population in accredited zoos. Monty’s new Zoodoo Zoo home was refurbished and officially launched in December by Mr Brian Mitchell MP, Federal Member for Lyons and Brighton Mayor Leigh Gray. Zoodoo is thrilled to welcome Monty, and for visitors to see this special koala.
The zoo’s foray into threatened species conservation is an ongoing progression of their new strategic plan, to evolve into a conservation organisation.