North America’s and Europe’s Oldest Koala Dies at Zoo Miami
It is with sadness that Zoo Miami announces the passing of “Danda-Loo,” a female koala who was euthanized on Saturday, May 30th, after a consistent decline in her health for the past several months. She had been receiving several treatments that included laser therapy for severe arthritis and though the treatments initially seemed to have a positive effect, Danda-Loo’s appetite slowly continued to diminish to the point where it was almost non-existent. Despite supplemental feeding, and pain medication therapy, she continued to experienced significant weight loss and normal daily activity had become extremely difficult, if not impossible.
At nearly 20 years of age, Danda-Loo was the oldest koala in North American and Europe, exceeding the normal lifespan for a female koala of 13-18 years. She was born on October 16, 1995 at Busch Gardens in Tampa and came to Zoo Miami on April 12, 2007 as part of the Koala Education and Conservation Program (KECP) managed by the San Diego Zoo. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Zoo Miami’s involvement in this program and makes Zoo Miami the longest continuous partner in the program’s history.
With the loss of Danda-Loo, the koala exhibit will now be empty until other individuals become available through the KECP. Zoo Miami is committed to a continued partnership with the KECP and has already begun planning the renovation and improvement of the koala exhibit through a generous gift from the Gail S. Posner Trust.
The loss of Danda-Loo is bittersweet in that we will miss her and her passing will leave a void that will result in profound sadness but we are also quite proud to know that we provided the love and care that enabled this beautiful animal to become one of the oldest koalas in the world where for many years she inspired countless visitors to care about the wonders of wildlife.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
RON MAGILL, Zoo Communications Director
305-251-0400, ext. 84916 – Zoo Miami