After more than a year of waiting, Zoo Miami will introduce its newest resident on Tuesday: A young male koala named Milo.
The fuzzy marsupial arrived May 3 from the San Diego Zoo, where he was born on July 2, 2011. After a quarantine period where keepers made sure he was healthy and acclimating to his new home, Milo will make his official debut at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the koala exhibit.
The exhibit has been empty since February 2015, when a 19 1/2 year-old koala named Cobber died. Cobber was one of the oldest koalas in the country at the time. A normal lifespan for a koala in the wild is between 12 to 17 years.
Much of that life is spent lounging around in trees munching on eucalyptus leaves. Koalas, who are native to Australia, can sleep up to 18 hours a day.
Now that Milo is settled, keepers hope to find him a girlfriend soon. He is part of a planned captive breeding program.