Diane B. from North Royalton, OH captured this beautiful photo of one of the Zoo's five koalas.Diane B. from North Royalton, OH captured this beautiful photo of Colliet, 14, the Zoo's resident senior koala. Colliet shares her Australian Adventure exhibit with two female and two male koalas.
Colliet was born at the San Diego Zoo and arrived in Cleveland in 1999. She has produced eight joeys throughout her lifetime.
Colliet, a 14-year-old koala on exhibit at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Did you know . . . koalas are one of only a few animals that have fingerprints? This photo clearly shows the koala's three fingers -- what you can't see are the koala's two thumbs! Who knew?
Did you know . . . the koala's sole source of nutrition comes from fresh eucalyptus leaves? That's it!
Did you know . . . a female koala's nose is smaller than its male counterpart's? And, Colliet's nose is lighter in color than her younger exhibit-mates. The loss of black pigment comes with age.
Think your Zoo photo is award-winning? Then take your best shot and enter the Zoo's Photo Safari contest. Entry forms are available online, at the Zoo and at all participating Discount Drug Mart locations.
Prizes include a Zoo Society family membership, an 18-hole round of golf at any Cleveland Metroparks golf course, Discount Drug Mart gift cards and more. The grand prize winner will be announced in November and will win a behind-the-scenes Zoo tour, an Adopt an Animal package courtesy of the Cleveland Zoological Society and a Kodak Easyshare camera.
What are you waiting for? Visit Cleveland Metroparks Zoo soon and take your best shot.
Photo Safari is sponsored by Discount Drug Mart and First Merit Foundation.