Adventurous, curious Mimi was confident to climb away from his mum at just 7 months old.
Mimi has a big family in our Wild Koala Research population. His mum KiKi has four other joeys: Kozo, LuLu, and Lara born in 2020. His grandmother YuYu has three other joeys: Coco, Bobo and Yarra. Kozo, his sister has two joeys: Indi and Balyang. His father Gulkurguli is also father to Winjku, Ngardang’s joey.
How old is he:
Koala joey Mimi was first seen on 21 July 2019 as a brand new 6 month old. So that makes his birthday around mid February 2019.
How often seen:
He was seen 36 times in 2019, which is a lot.
Mimi was last seen in February 2020, living south of his mother Kiki, next to Gulkurguli and Bungaleenee. Like most young males, he eventually moved out of the way of the big boys and is searching for his own home range. He might be back once he is mature and strong enough to fight other males.
Survived extreme heat/drought catastrophes:
Mimi has already survived the following extreme heat waves and droughts.
2019: 20 December max temp: 46C
2019: 30 December max temp: 44C
More information about Mimi and his family: https://www.echidnawalkabout.com.au/about-koala-mimi/
How do we have so much information about Mimi?
Echidna Walkabout’s Wild Koala Research Project has been monitoring the koalas of the You Yangs and Brisbane Ranges for 21 years. In 1998 we discovered a non-intrusive method of identifying koalas by their natural nose markings (nose patterns). Since then we have been collecting koala research data during tours, and using it to advocate for koalas, plant trees where they are most needed, and remove weeds to improve koala habitat.
Koala Researchers employed by Echidna Walkabout are paid to find koalas and collect information +/- 310 days every year.
All our tour guests play an important part in this research, by making it possible through funding, and by looking out for koalas on our tours.