Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is a 4.6-hectare (11-acre) Koala Sanctuary located in the Brisbane suburb of Fig Tree Pocket in Queensland, Australia. Founded in 1927, it is the world's oldest and largest koala sanctuary.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Brisbane, Australia
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Brisbane, Australia

The name originates from a lone hoop pine that was planted by the Clarkson family, the first owners of the 4.6-hectare (11-acre) site. The sanctuary began with two koalas called Jack and Jill. Lone Pine became known internationally during the Second World War when Americans, including Douglas MacArthur's wife, visited the park to view the native Australian animals.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Brisbane, Australia
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Brisbane, Australia

Wildlife in the sanctuary includes: koalas, kangaroos, Tasmanian devils, wombats, echidnas, and various species of reptiles, as well as a platypus which arrived at the sanctuary during 2010 from Healesville Sanctuary (near Melbourne). The sanctuary is one of the very few sanctuaries in the world where visitors are allowed to hold koalas for free.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Brisbane, Australia
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Brisbane, Australia

Strict regulations ensure that each koala is not held for more than thirty minutes every day. However, no photos (using your own camera) of a person holding a koala are allowed, unless a sourvenir photo is first taken. The fees paid for the souvenir photos helps fund new enclosures, research projects and eucalyptus plantations.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Brisbane, Australia
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Brisbane, Australia

Visitors can also feed and pet the free-roaming kangaroos in the 5-acre (2.0 ha) kangaroo reserve, where more than 130 of the animals freely reside. Kangaroos are sometimes seen with a joey in their pouch. There are also many colourful Australian parrots and cockatoos, as well as other Australian birds such as kookaburras, emus, cassowarys among others.

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