Goolara

From the minute the tiny albino koala peeked out of his mother’s pouch, people were enthralled. He was quite literally one in a million!
  • 1980s
  • 1990s

When he first peeked out of his mother Matilda’s pouch, the little white fur ball had keepers and visitors alike completely smitten. “Goolara,” meaning “moonlight” in the Aboriginal language, was a one-in-a-million albino koala born at the Zoo.

Like any albino animal, the lack of pigment in his fur and skin made him susceptible to sunburn, so keepers had to watch his time outdoors. He was an amicable marsupial throughout his life, even charming Johnny Carson on “The Tonight Show.” Goolara’s little pink nose and eyes and white fluffy fur were irresistible, and his sweet demeanor and unusual good looks live on in the hearts of all who knew him.

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