FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 14, 2013
CONTACT: SAN DIEGO ZOO GLOBAL PUBLIC RELATIONS
PHOTO NEWS RELEASE
San Diego Zoo Announces Voting Results: Koala Joey Named Kirra
The San Diego Zoo today announced the name of a 10-month-old female koala who has been the focus of its Koala Cam since January. More than 4,000 people voted for the koala’s name and 40 percent of the vote went to the name Kirra, a word for “leaf” in the Aboriginal language.
Keepers provided four names for the public to vote on and Kirra received 40 percent of the vote. The name is fitting, as the young koala started eating eucalyptus leaves at an early age. Kirra is the third joey born to her mother, Nariah, and can be seen in a temporary exhibit at the Zoo with females Orana and Sooki. These four koalas will be moving to the new Conrad Prebys Australian Outback this month and the exhibit will open to the public on Friday, May 24. Photo taken on May 14, 2013, by Tammy Spratt, San Diego Zoo.
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