It was a special occasion for a special gem at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo in Darling Harbour this week where the emergence of the newest koala joey was celebrated with an intimate Naming Party.

A small group of guests were invited to the exclusive event hosted by excited ZooKeepers who unveiled the eight-month-old koala joey’s name using a koala-decorated blackboard surrounded by pink decorations and native flowers.

And her name is… Sapphire!

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Renee Howell, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo HeadKeeper said Sapphire was carefully and unanimously selected by the team because it represents her importance to koalas and the zoo.

“Sapphires are precious gemstones and we consider our koalas to be particularly precious, especially given the threat to their population,” she said.

“As the newest addition, she will make a fantastic ambassador for her species and help educate guests on how they can better protect Australia’s iconic koalas in the wild.”

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Sapphire joins 11-month-old Jasper and 12-month-old Ilani as the last of WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo’s koala joeys for 2020. She will spend the next four months cuddling up to mum Scarlet before finding her independence and roaming around freely on her own.

What a cutie!