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Koalas & other Australian animals settle into new home

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Staffers from every department at the San Diego Zoo are pitching in to get the three-acre Conrad Prebys Australian Outback exhibit ready for its Friday opening.

Zoo officials said the area will be home to Queensland koalas, wombats, Parma wallabies and 23 species of Australian birds, including the kookaburra, bowerbird, palm cockatoos and Gouldian finches.

All the animals have been moved into the area and are getting acclimated to their new habitats. Artwork and signs about the exhibits have been installed and the last of the vegetation is being planted.

The Australian Outback will provide outdoor perches for each of the zoo's 21 koalas, including three joeys that range in age from 8 to 10 months old.

Zoo keepers said most of the koalas have found their preferred areas to perch, which is usually next to the fresh eucalyptus that the keepers put out for them twice a day.

One of the common wombats has broken in her exhibit by digging tunnels and making a sleeping den.

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