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Born in late 2018, Smokey is the son and last joey of Racee. A very healthy joey ,he was named by Koala Gardens’ Facebook followers in September, 2019 when the first local fires of the 2019/2020 “Black Summer” Bushfire Season began.

On 6 December, Racee separated from Smokey for 3 days and she went somewhere else for that time to give birth to her next joey.  When she returned Smokey stayed around her, but most often in a different tree, gradually becoming completely independent.

Facing right, Racee is sitting in a fork in a tree holding her joey Smokey in her lap. Smokey’s young joey face is seen as he rests his chin on his mum’s right arm. Racee’s face is hidden by her joey.
Smokey with mum Racee

He stayed at Koala Gardens until around mid. February, 2020, when he moved on to find his own home range. Hopefully he found a safe place to settle and will go on to produce many more joeys and help secure the future of wild koalas in Australia.

Smokey is part of a Koala Gardens dynasty. His  mother Racee had two other joeys at Koala Gardens, Karla in 2017  and Phoenix in 2018. Phoenix has, in turn,  introduced us to Luna, born in 2021 and Grace born in 2022.

Smokey has lots of videos on YouTube  where he  has his own playlist. (below) and also appears in the Koala Gardens Happenings for 2019 and 2020.

Join the Colony and get involved

You can become part of the Koala Gardens Colony by adopting one of the 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 InstagramFacebook, 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.

Young male koala Smokey is asleep in a tree, holding on to the branch in front of him.