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Dreamworld's blue eyed koala

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Dreamworld's Australian Wildlife Experience has over 800 native animals, including the second-largest koala population in the world. Visitors can cuddle one of the sleepy creatures as well as getting up close to wombats, kangaroos, Tasmanian devils, colourful birds and even crocodiles.

While all of Dreamworld's Australian Wildlife residents are special, a little fellow who was born there last year took everyone by surprise. Frankie, a little puff of fur, is a koala who was born with wonderful blue eyes.

When they are born, koalas measure around 12-15mm. At six months and around 12cm, they begin to emerge from their mother's pouch and open their eyes. So it was quite a while before anyone knew they had a special addition.

He was christened Logan, but with the first glimpse of his blue eyes, was dubbed Frankie.

Frankie is treated as one of the gang and still sleeps for around 18 hours a day. He is beginning to be weaned from his mother's milk and is developing a taste for blue gum leaves, which will become his staple diet.

When he's big enough and sufficiently comfortable with people, he will be available for 30 minutes a day for cuddles and pictures.

The Wildlife Experience allows you to delve deep into Australia's red heart. There is a new bilby enclosure, pure-bred dingoes, snakes, black-headed pythons, geckos, frill-neck lizards and bearded dragons.

Visit the tropical north Queensland rainforest. It is home to endangered southern cassowaries, wallaby-like potaroos and rainforest tree frogs, turtles and snakes.

At Kakadu Wetlands you will be in the home territory of a variety of native water fowl including dancing brolgas.

Goliath, coming in at 4.8 metres and 800 kilograms, is a fearsome-looking saltwater crocodile. His girlfriend Matilda is tiny by comparison. She is just 3.6 metres long! They have given birth to five clutches of babies and you can see them all feeding at 1.30 each afternoon.

Kakadu Cafe in the peaceful wetlands is the place for a quick bite to eat.

You can sponsor any animal through the park, but if you would particularly like to adopt a koala, you need to go through the Australian Koala Foundation.

Cost

Dreamworld entry is $66 for adults and $43 for children.

It costs $20 a month to foster a koala.

Europcar car hire starts at $33 day.

For further information:

Dreamworld and WhiteWater World
Dreamworld Parkway
Coomera 4209
Ph: (07) 5588 1111; 1800 073 300
Info Line: (07) 5588 1122
Fax: (07) 5588 1108
www.themeparksgoldcoast.com.au
www.dreamworld.com.au

Koala Foundation Foster a Koala
Ph: (07) 3229 7233
www.savethekoala.com/foster.html

Europcar
Ph: 1300 131 390; Europcar.com.au

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