In 1985, a pair of koalas were presented to the City of San Francisco by our sister city, Sydney, Australia. The Koala Crossing exhibit, patterned after an Australian outback, is near the Australian WalkAbout exhibit. The animal staff has their hands full with five of these well-known finicky eaters.
The exhibit features an outdoor yard, where, if you look carefully, you can often see one to three koalas sitting high in the eucalyptus trees. In inclement weather, the koalas are usually kept inside their heated building, but one or two may be seen in the viewing window. Most of a koala's day is spent snoozing to digest its eucalyptus meals, so watching a koala may not be too exciting; however, one look our koalas’ sweet and fuzzy faces and you won't leave the exhibit disappointed!