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$2.57 Million Koala Sanctuary Upgrade for Cleland

Photo – Artist’s impression of the new Koala Loft planned for completion at the end of the year

Cutting-edge enclosure for Cleland’s Koalas

Cleland Wildlife Park, one of South Australia’s favorite wildlife destinations, is set to unveil a cutting-edge koala enclosure, enhancing its commitment to conservation and animal welfare. The $2.57 million temperature-controlled koala loft is currently under construction by BMD Constructions and will allow visitors to interact with koalas all year round in a single location, eliminating the need to transport the animals between lofts across the park.

According to Susan Close, Minister for Climate, Environment and Water, “This is a much-needed upgrade and will provide a consistent climate and comfortable environment to Cleland’s koalas and the people visiting them.”

Artist’s impression of the Koala Loft

Established in 1967, Cleland Wildlife Park has been a cherished South Australian destination for over 50 years, offering a unique opportunity to connect with nature and wildlife. The enduring presence of koalas at the park has contributed to its popularity.

While the construction may result in temporary changes to the visitor experience, the park remains committed to providing close encounters with koalas. Daily educational talks, delivered by experienced koala keepers, will continue to offer valuable insights into habitat and conservation efforts.

Cleland Wildlife Park General Manager Michelle Hocking says “The new loft will allow us to continue providing an immersive nature experience where visitors can engage with our iconic koalas and learn about the importance of conservation.”

The new koala enclosure is expected to be completed in late 2024.

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