Kiki Koala does our destination proud

The jury may be out about Australia’s cutest koala, with eight-month old Tallow from Paradise Country on the Gold Coast being crowned with the prestigious title.

But the team at Capricorn Enterprise still believes that our local beauty, Kiki from Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary is up there with the cutest we’ve seen!

A nation-wide search by Tourism Australia recently welcomed entries from over 70 cuddly koala joeys all vying for the sweet eucalypt taste of victory. Put to public vote on social media platform, Facebook, the photo submissions reached over one million people and received thousands of comments and shares.

Capricorn Enterprise CEO Mary Carroll was proud that even though she fell just short of the winner, Kiki was a shortlisted finalist and secured almost 2000 likes.

“The competition was certainly a tough one, with so many gorgeous joeys featuring across our nation,” said Ms Carroll. “How very fortunate we are to have these special creatures melting the hearts of many across the world.”

Kiki is learning to climb and do things independently from her mum. She has spent much of her life either in her mother’s pouch or being piggybacked but now she is ready to get out and explore the world around her, showing off to the friendly faces that come to visit her enclosure.

Did you know that Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the limited places where you can hold a koala? There is nothing like getting up close and personal with these cuddly marsupials and the experience is only available in a select few sanctuaries and wildlife parks.

“Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary is the koala-cuddling capital of our destination,” said Ms Carroll. “It’s an experience that will turn your holiday from good to great and provide the whole family with unforgettable memories.”

Koalas aside, Cooberrie Park has so many more things to discover including a wide variety of reptiles, kangaroos, emus, wombats and more. And you are welcome to hand-feed the friendly residents. Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary is open seven days a week from 10:00am – 3:00pm with an interactive animal show at 1:00pm daily.

Drop by and congratulate Kiki! Visit for more information.

(Photo credit: Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary)

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