Love was in the air at Edinburgh Zoo this Valentine’s day after a female koala was flown in from Germany to join resident male koalas Goonaroo and Yabbra.

Love was in the air at Edinburgh Zoo this Valentine’s day after a female koala was flown in from Germany to join resident male koalas Goonaroo and Yabbra.

Alinga settles in to her new surroundings. When she is happy with the move, she will be introduced to Goonaroo and Yabbra.One-year-old Alinga touched down at Edinburgh Airport on February 14 (2013) direct from Duisburg Zoo. She flew with Lufthansa, travelling in style with her very own seat and plenty of eucalyptus, and was accompanied by Edinburgh Zoo’s Darren McGarry and Lorna Hughes.

Once Alinga has settled in by herself, she will be introduced to Goonaroo and Yabbra, with keepers hoping introductions go well. It is also hoped a little koala joey may be born on Scottish soil in the future, preventing the species – which is in decline throughout its natural habitat of the east coast of Australia – from becoming extinct.

Edinburgh Zoo has also said that, along with Alinga’s arrival, it will be developing its koala experience for visitors, refurbishing the entrance and building an open plan walk through the koalas’ enclosure.

It is believed koala numbers are declining in Australia as eucalyptus forests are being destroyed to make way for roads and housing.

Edinburgh Zoo is the only zoo in the UK to have koalas and says it has had “significant success” in looking after them over the last eight years.

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