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Get up close and personal to one of Australia’s biggest icons. Learn about the koala’s features, habitat, reproduction, gum species preferences and other quirky little facts about these gorgeous critters. Meet some of our koala families inside their Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary homes. At the completion of your experience you will hold one of everyone’s favourite little Aussie legends whilst having a professional photograph to capture your experience.
Name: Koala "Behind the Scenes" Experience
Days Available: Everyday*
Time: 11am & 3:15 PM
Price: From $45
Positions Available: 10 Per Session
1 - Please check into Visitor & Member Services at least 30 minutes before start of experience
2 - Children aged 4 – 14 must be accompanied by a paying adult
3 - No strollers inside the Koala enclosures
4 - Children under the age of 4 years of age must be carried by the parent/guardian at all times. For child and animal safety, no child should be left unaccompanied in the enclosure. The parent/guardian may be asked to exit the enclosure should this occur.
5 - No umbrella’s inside the Koala enclosure at any times. In the event of inclement weather, suitable attire should be worn or purchased from Visitor Services
6 - No selfie sticks or flash photography is permitted in enclosure.
7 - All participants must follow all instructions given by the keeper and if they fail to do so may be removed from the program and not issued a refund.
8 - A person may not physically touch any Koala whilst in the enclosure
9 - The program may cease at any given time at the keepers discretion
10 - Hands must be clean and sanitizer will be available both before and after the encounter
11 - All participants are required to answer any safety briefing questions asked by the keepers and must inform the keeper of any allergies/reactions prior to participating on this encounter.
12 - Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary does not take responsibility for any injuries that are received during the experience; first aid will be available on location if required.
13 - An official photograph will be taken during the encounter and will be available 30minutes after the experience has taken place from the photography counter at the front entrance. The price of the program includes one photograph per person.
- Child koala holding criteria -
Height - children must be over 140cm and 12 years old to hold a koala
Size of koala - each koala we use will vary in size and a child may be able to hold even filling this criteria, it will be assessed on a case by case scenario always putting koala welfare first.
Confidence of the child - handlers need to be able to see that the child is confident and willing to hold the koala without being pushed and is not being forced by a parent or friend to do so.
It is at the Koala keeper’s discretion as to whether the child and koala are suitable for meeting the holding criteria.
Behavioural traits and history of the koala – certain koalas do not have the personality, experience and confidence around children and are not suitable for children holding or attempting to hold. These animals may or may not have a history of being fidgety, reaching up, gripping too tightly or just generally not being a suitable choice for small children’s photographs.