23 Apr 2013

South Australia to send koalas to Hong Kong

1:43 pm on 23 April 2013

South Australia will send eight koalas to a zoo in Hong Kong next year as tourism ambassadors.

Ocean Park in Hong Kong is developing a $5 million enclosure with a eucalypt forest covering 13 hectares for the koalas, which will be transferred in August next year.

Premier Jay Weatherill said the deal would help the state attract more tourists from China.

AAP reports staff from Cleland Wildlife Park in Adelaide are working with Ocean Park, advising on the enclosure and facilities and on the planting and care of eucalyptus trees.