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Ellie was first seen at Koala Gardens in October, 2020.  This is towards the end of the dispersion time, and it is likely that she had not long separated from her mum. She grew into a strong healthy koala with spectacular ears.

Facing right with her head turned to camera, Ellie koala is shown in a tree holding onto a narrow, pale grey, vertical branch in front of her. The light highlights her grey fur. Obscured only by two branches in the top left corner of the picture, her full face can be seen as can her very large ears. Her eyes are partially open.
With her back to camera and against a background of leaves, Ellie is sitting in a eucalyptus tree. She is looking over her left shoulder. Her eyes are open and she looks alert and focused, perhaps on a possible meal.
Ellie is shown in close up, facing the camera, wedged in the fork of a tree. She is holding onto the right hand, angled branch with both left paws her front right paw is in the V of the fork, her right hand is splayed, showing her sharp claws. A small, broken branch is poking out under her arm. Her head fill the entire gap between the two parts of the fork. Her eyes are partially open, her very large, fluffy ears are in full view.

It is wonderful that she settled in to Koala Gardens. We see her regularly on the property now. In 2022, to our great delight, she introduced us to her first joey Eddie.

Shown against a background of leaves and facing left, Ellie is sitting in a tree with her 2022 joey Eddie on her back. Ellie is holding onto a branch is front of her and is looking forward. Eddie has his head turned to camera and the right side of his face is pressed up against Ellie left ear. Both Ellie and Eddie have pale grey fur, the white fur of Eddie is also shown.
Ellie and joey Eddie
Facing right and against a background of leaves, Ellie is sitting in a tree with her 2022 joey Eddie in her lap. She is looing over her right shoulder to the left, showcasing her dark nose, white chin and large fluffy ears. As Ellie holds on to the vertical branch in front of her with all four paws, her 2022 male joey Eddie is peering over her right arm, giving a view of the left side of his little joey face. Both koalas have their eyes open and look alert.
Ellie and joey Eddie

In 2023 Ellie showed us that she had another joey in pouch. Imagine our excitement and delight when, late in the year, we got our first sightings of Ellie new bundle of joy (see video below)

We just adore this gorgeous who has been named Elmo and can’t wait to see whether joey will inherit mum’s spectacular ears.

Elmo and mum Ellie sitting separately in a tree. On the right, Ellie is facing away from camera. On the left Elmo is facing his mum and turning to look over his right shoulder to camera.
Ellie and joey Elmo
Elmo is holding on to mum Ellie's back ad they sit in the fork of a tree. Ellie's features are obscured by a branch. Elmo is looking over his right shoulder, his eyes are open and his young face looks alert
Joey Elmo holding onto mum Ellie

She has lots of video (with and without her joeys on YouTube and even has her very own playlist (below). She appears in the Koala Gardens Happenings for 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023

Join the Colony and get involved

You can become part of the Koala Gardens Colony by adopting Ellie, Elmo or one of the other resident wild koalas. You can also become a Patron,  and one level has an adoption option.

Come and discuss Koala Gardens and all things koala on Discord where we hold lots of interesting and often in-depth discussions there. Lots of fun!

You will become part of the family and help  provide much needed koala habitat.

You can also follow Katrina and the Koalas on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Koala Gardens publishes a small number of delightful illustrated children’s books in the The Adventures of Mist series. Check out the beautifully engaging and educational design.  Our mission is to help children to “Fall in love with Nature”.

You can even find some great Koala Gardens gifts over at Redbubble where there is huge range of designs on an even bigger range of items.

Alternatively, you can find quick access links to everything Koala Gardens via Link Tree.

With large green leaves and gum nuts around her, female koala Ellie is sitting in the fork of a tree, facing right. She is holding onto the tree trunk in front of her and looking over her left shoulder to camera. There is a clear view of her face and her large fluffy ears. Her dark nose and white chin contrast with her grey fur. Her eyes are open and she looks alert.
Ellie is stretched along the branch of a eucalyptus tree, holding on with all four paws. The smooth grey bark is a similar colour to her fur. Against a background of leaves and facing right, Ellie has her face turned to camera over her right shoulder. Her eyes are closed as she rests.
Ellie is holding on to a tree trunk with both front paws. Only her head and front paws are in view. She is peering out from behind right side of the tree. Her face and large ears can be seen. Her eyes are open and she looks alert.