One of the world’s cutest animals is returning to the San Antonio Zoo this summer after being gone for more than two decades. This summer, the zoo is opening a new attraction called Wild Australia which will feature koalas. The attraction will open on May 25 and will run through the end of the summer, closing on September 2.
The koala is a tree-dwelling marsupial native only to Australia. There are no other close relatives still alive today, and the koala is currently threatened due to loss of its one and only source of food: the leaves of the eucalyptus tree. Urbanization and deforestation currently threaten the koala, and the San Antonio Zoo hopes their new exhibit can bring awareness to this unique species and the threats it faces in the wild. “Australia is one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world and the zoo is bringing that awareness to San Antonio with themed experiences and educational activities,” the zoo said in a press release.
In celebration of the koalas’ return and the new Wild Australia exhibit, the zoo has released a line of limited edition commemorative medals featuring koalas. The medals have a spinning medallion in the center and can be purchased for $10.95 at the zoo gift shops. Proceeds from the sale of the medals will help the zoo care for its many animals and exhibits.
If getting up close and personal with koalas and other exotic animals sounds like your idea of a great time, be sure to check out Groupon’s rotating deals and discounts on tickets to the San Antonio Zoo. These deals rotate throughout the year, so be sure to check this link regularly to see which discounts are currently available.
The San Antonio Zoo is located at 3903 N. St. Mary’s Street, San Antonio, TX 78212. For more information call (210) 734-7184 or visit SAZoo.org.