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Australia’s newest koala joey Humphrey poses for the camera alongside his mother Willow

Australia’s newest koala joey has posed for the camera alongside his mother Willow at Sydney’s iconic Taronga Zoo.   

Humphrey made his public debut last week, just two weeks after he first emerged from mum Willow’s pouch.

On Tuesday, Humphrey was snapped in more adorable photos cradled by his doting mother.

Humphrey made his public debut on Wednesday, just two weeks after he first emerged from mum Willow's pouch

Humphrey made his public debut on Wednesday, just two weeks after he first emerged from mum Willow's pouch

Humphrey made his public debut on Wednesday, just two weeks after he first emerged from mum Willow’s pouch

On Tuesday, Humphrey was snapped in more adorable photos alongside his doting mother Willow

On Tuesday, Humphrey was snapped in more adorable photos alongside his doting mother Willow

On Tuesday, Humphrey was snapped in more adorable photos alongside his doting mother Willow 

Koala joey Humphrey enjoys a Eucalyptus cabbage leaf at Taronga Zoo

Koala joey Humphrey enjoys a Eucalyptus cabbage leaf at Taronga Zoo

Koala joey Humphrey enjoys a Eucalyptus cabbage leaf at Taronga Zoo

Humphrey was seen resting in Willow’s lap while perched in a eucalyptus tree at the zoo. 

In another shot, he was seen munching on leaves while clinging to a tree branch.  

He is the first joey to be born at the zoo in more than a year after devastating bushfires tore through the koala population in the 2019/20 summer.

He is the fifth joey Willow has given birth to, who has been invaluable in contributing to Taronga’s koala breeding program.

Humphrey was named after one of Taronga’s foundation members who supported the zoo’s conservation and threatened species efforts for many years. 

Senior koala keeper Laura Jones said Humphrey was settling very well into his new surroundings, and already attempted eating eucalyptus leaves while maintaining a tight grip on his mum’s back.

Humphrey will remain with his mum until he’s about a year old where he will then learn to become more independent.

Koala joeys can stay in their mother’s pouch for up to eight months.

Ms Jones said as well as the danger of bushfires, koalas faced many threats when living out in the wild.

An eight-month-old koala joey named Humphrey has become the latest adorable addition at Sydney's famous Taronga Zoo

An eight-month-old koala joey named Humphrey has become the latest adorable addition at Sydney's famous Taronga Zoo

An eight-month-old koala joey named Humphrey has become the latest adorable addition at Sydney’s famous Taronga Zoo

Humphrey made his public debut on Wednesday, just two weeks after he first emerged from mum Willow's pouch

Humphrey made his public debut on Wednesday, just two weeks after he first emerged from mum Willow's pouch

Humphrey made his public debut on Wednesday, just two weeks after he first emerged from mum Willow’s pouch

‘Koalas in the wild aren’t having a great time, we had some really catastrophic bushfires here in the east coast last year that made a really big dent in our koala numbers unfortunately,’ she said.

‘But there are other threats that continue to exist today like being hit by cars, dog attacks, some diseases and the really big one is land clearing.’

The koala keeper said there were simple steps people could take to ensure the animal’s habitat was kept safe.

These include using recycled products, staying alert when driving during dawn and dusk when koalas are out and about, and donating to koala enclosures to help fund their environments.

Visitors can get a glimpse of Humphrey by booking tickets for Taronga’s new koala encounter. 

Humphrey was named by one of Taronga's foundation members who has supported the zoo's conservation and threatened species efforts for many years

Humphrey was named by one of Taronga's foundation members who has supported the zoo's conservation and threatened species efforts for many years

Humphrey was named by one of Taronga’s foundation members who has supported the zoo’s conservation and threatened species efforts for many years

Koala joeys can stay in their mother's pouch for up to eight months

Koala joeys can stay in their mother's pouch for up to eight months

Koala joeys can stay in their mother’s pouch for up to eight months

Source: Daily Mail Australia | World News

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