Ruby koala – living near Toondah Harbour

Ruby koala in G.J. Walter Park on 10 May 2021
Ruby in G.J. Walter Park on 10 May 2021

Ruby koala is one of Cleveland’s best known residents.

She lives much of the time in G.J. Walter Park, next to Toondah Harbour where ferries depart for North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah).

G.J. Walter Park – next to the Toondah Harbour ferry terminal

Ruby has a little joey which has the unusual name of Eclipse because it was lost and reunited with its mother around the time of a total lunar eclipse.

Both Ruby and Eclipse spent a short time at Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital where they were found to be healthy.

The story of Eclipse being lost, found and reunited with Ruby is told in this short video.

Ruby now has a blue ear tag in her right ear and she is being monitored by researchers from the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Ruby koala and her joey in 2020

Last year Ruby was seen often in G.J. Walter Park where she raised a joey.

The Wild Redlands team first spotted Ruby in G.J. Walter Park on 26 April 2020.

Her little joey seemed to be in a hurry to be out of the pouch.

Here’s Ruby resting in G.J. Walter Park on 31 May 2020.

Below are three shots of Ruby climbing a tree in G.j. Walter Park, on 31 May 2020.

In the first two photos you can see that her pouch is full. In the third photo the joey’s paw is sticking out of Ruby’s pouch.

The joey grows up

Over the next few weeks the joey grew big enough to spend more time out of the pouch. The first photo was taken on 21 June 2020 and the second photo is from 19 August 2020.

In August 2020 Redland City Council decided to erect some temporary fencing around the trees in this park which are used by koalas. This was done to help protect the koalas.

First photo below shows location of Ruby and her joey marked with a red circle, after the fence went up. Wooden posts (shown in the second photo) were fixed either side of the fencing to give koalas the option of climbing over the fence.

The temporary fencing was removed a few months later, after the joey had grown up and left home.

Wild Redlands 7 June 2021

3 thoughts on “Ruby koala – living near Toondah Harbour

  • 07/06/2021 at 11:05 pm

    I love Koalas so much, so please save them from extinction. Stop destroying their habitats.

  • 08/06/2021 at 9:00 am

    These gentle souls have the right to live and thrive just ad we do. Stop tearing down their habitat, all the want is eucalypts to eat and live in. Surely not too much to ask.


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