Ocean Park Hong Kong adds southern koalas to its latest attractions

Ocean Park Hong Kong adds southern koalas to its latest attractions

A new South Australia-themed attraction was launched in Ocean Park Hong Kong on March 23, enabling visitors to encounter unique animals from the region such as southern koalas, red-necked wallabies and laughing kookaburras.

Dubbed Adventures in Australia, the new exhibit features a walk-through experience in a climate-controlled setting resminiscent of the outback in South Australia, with extensive use of recycled timber and a wide range of environmentally friendly materials, equipment and designs.

"The opening of Adventures in Australia has further extended the ecological systems represented in Ocean Park and expanded our conservation education platform. We are honoured to be entrusted by the Government of South Australia to care for the animals gifted to Hong Kong," said Ocean Park chairman Leo Kung in a press release on March 23.

In addition to three koalas, the attraction is also home to three red-necked wallabies, including one male and two females, and four laughing kookaburras -- one male and three females.

Named for the reddish fur on their napes and shoulders, red-necked wallabies are known for their hopping skills, just like their marsupial cousins the kangaroo. As their name suggests, laughing kookaburras make sounds that resemble a human chuckle. They can be found flying freely throughout the exhibit.

Five more koalas, also gifted by the Government of South Australia, will eventually relocate to Hong Kong to join the animals now on display.

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