Cairns Wildlife – Nellie the Koala
Meet some of our Cairns wildlife!
Nellie is an (almost) 3 year old female koala.
She came to Cairns ZOOM & Wildlife Dome after starting her life at our sister park, Rainforestation Nature Park.
Nellie was born in January 2013 and weighs approximately 4.3kg.
Our visitors often remark on how small she is in comparison to the other koalas at Cairns ZOOM & Wildlife Dome. Just like the saying goes, “good things come in small packages!”
Nellie is loved by both staff and visitors alike. She has a very affectionate personality and loves a cuddle.
Nellie has experienced a lot in her life – she has been known to visit the swimming pool at The Reef Hotel Casino, and even one of their Junior Suites!
She is also very helpful around the office at Cairns ZOOM, as you can see!
Just like most koalas, Nellie can be a fussy eater. Out of the 600 varieties of eucalyptus in Australia Nellie will only eat around 120 of those.
She is a nocturnal creature which means she is awake and active at night. During the day, she will sleep for up to 18 hours. This is because her eucalypt diet has limited nutritional and caloric content.
You can meet Nellie when you visit us at Cairns ZOOM & Wildlife Dome, and even get your photo taken with her!