The female was born in March last year — the first koala birth at the zoo in two years.
San Diego Zoo is holding a contest to name the koala joey, using the opportunity to give public talks about the conservation of the animals in their native habitats.
National Geographic News reported in 2007 that Australia’s iconic koalas face an uncertain future as their fragmented habitats shift in response to climate change, fire, and drought.
Our most popular story about the tree-dwelling marsupials was in 2002, about how on the north coast of New South Wales, Australia, koala researchers, a property developer, and local citizens joined forces to create the first housing development planned around the needs of koalas.
Australian scientists announced in 2006 they had invented a new way to create koalas in a lab. You can see the picture of an abundance of koala cuteness here.
For more photos and a profile of koalas, click here.
Photo on this entry taken Jan. 15, 2009, by Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo