Koala babies Sassafras and Sydney – UPDATED with new videos

Apr 3rd, 2018 | By | Category: Zoos in Belgium

3.4.2018 – Posted by Cecile & Jos and Patricia Roberts

What a joy, these lovely joeys in Zoo Antwerp and Planckendael.

Mamma Alinga and papa Maka are proud to present their little girl Sassafras (lovely name, isn’t it?). And even though Mamma Alinga can jump from here to tree, Sassafras knows how to stick close to mamma.

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Alinga is the granddaughter of Guwara in Antwerp and Omaroo is the father of Alinga and also the father of little Sydney in Zoo Antwerp. So far, there is no in-breeding, but both Antwerp and Planckendael will have to become careful with their koalas.

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Sydney is already a little “big” girl (na ja, almost) and she is very curious. The video is also showing how they get their eucalyptus.

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Please join me in welcoming these lovely babies.


The first one is showing some background history of Omaroo, now living in Antwerp with Guwara and being the father of little Sydney (and the wonderful music of the “Habanera” of Bizet).

Mervi’s note: I couldn’t embed this video but here’s the link:


The second one is showing some precious moments between Alinga and Sassafras.

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  1. Dear Jos, Cecile and Patricia,

    Of course, I’m more than happy to welcome the sweet koala babies to the world!

    I love the name Sassafras! It’s amazing to see how she can ‘hang on’ when Alinga jumps from tree to tree. I’m lifting my hat to them both! 🙂

    Sydney is a nice, lively koala girl. I love to see her hugging her teddybear. So sweet!!

    It’s also interesting to see how the Zoo Antwerp makes sure there’s enough eucalyptus for their koalas.

    Thank you so much for this sweet report! The videos are wonderful!

    Hugs from Mervi

  2. Dear Jos, Cecile and Patricia

    Great to see two more gorgeous Koalas.

    Sassafras is a very useful plant, similar to Eucalyptus


    The actress Sydney Penny played the young Meghan in the THORN BIRDs
    set in Australia, a famous 80s miniseries


    Of course its also the name of a small place…

  3. Dear Cecilie, Jos, Patricia and Mervi!
    Thank you for bringing these lovely pics and videos to us!

    The koala babys in the zoos of Planckendael and Antwerpen are ever so cute. Their parents, who are just as cute and the staff can be proud of them for good reason. Congratulation!
    They are probably the sweetest and most cuddly Australian animals.
    I love their cute faces, their noses and last but not least their funny ears…

    This was a delightful start into the daily routine.


  4. Dear Jos, Cecile, Patricia and Mervi,

    Thank you all fir these charming
    photos. Love the one of the
    smiling Joey!


    xo k-j

  5. Liebe Patricia, Cecile, Jos und Mervi,

    het kleintje ist super-niedlich und die Mutter tiefenentspannt,
    denn sie weiß, dass der Klammerreflex der Jungtiere sie
    vor dem Abstürzen schützt.
    Fein auch zu sehen, dass die Eukalyptusblätter ortsnah
    angebaut und geerntet werden können.

    Vielen Dank für die tollen Bilder und Videos!
    Liebe Grüße

  6. Dear Cecile and Jos, thank you so much for sharing your video with us. Looking forward to further news of koalas and other animals.
    Mervi, thank you for publishing in KWM.
    Britta-Gudrun, love to see that you start using Dutch words. I adore it.

    Good evening Dear All, hope you all have had wonderful Easter days.
    I do not know what to do but I cannot enter the Knuipe (Captcha codes are more than bizar). Therefore, here my posting.
    I decided to use the very long weekend to do Spring cleaning in my veranda. And that is a hell of a job. Even though it is not such a big space, every cm² needs a thorough cleaning. Due to the fact that also my shower cabin is in the veranda, every day, there is water condition. In the kitchen, I am cooking daily but unfortunately, there is no hood. And I am a smoker and surrounded by 7 lovely cats. Not so difficult to imagine that at the end of the Winter, everything is extremely dirty and greasy. Ten years ago, I was able to do in one day (12 hours non-stop), nowadays, I need 3 days of 5 to 6 hours each. At the end of such day, the only energy that is left is for feeding the cats, taking a shower, eating something and then going to bed.
    And today, my freezer wanted a defrost program. And tomorrow, there is ironing work waiting for me. O JEE, is this vacation????? Or am I just becoming old????
    Mervi, I have a serious question for you: WHERE IS MISS SPRING? Although it is now April, during the last days, we had rain, wind and sometimes an occasional sun ray. Way too cold. Even the grass is not growing yet.
    NA JA, let us hope that for the coming weekend, it will become warmer and nicer.

  7. Liebe Cecilie and Jos

    Belgien scheint ein gutes Pflaster für Koalas zu sein.
    Die Kinder sind zu niedlich – ich wünsche ihnen viel
    Glück und ein gutes Leben! 🙂

    Herzliche Grüße
    Chris 🙂

  8. PATRICIA – please don´t overdo it with the cleaning.
    You also need some quality time in your vacation…
    Bei uns waren heute 20°C und alles blüht im Garten.
    Hier ist der Frühling also angekommen. 🙂
    Have you ever tried the TEST-FORUM ?

  9. Liebe Patricia, Cecilie, Jos und Mervi,
    wie niedlich ist das denn!
    Den Babys und ihren Müttern alles Gute.
    Danke für die schoenen Bilder und den Videos.
    Liebe Grüße Moni K

  10. Dear Cecile and Jos,

    Thank you so much for the videos!

    Hugs from Mervi

  11. Danke für die Videos von den Niedlichkeiten.
    Interessant, dass sie den Eukalyptus selbst
    anbauen. 🙂

  12. Sydney’s father Omaroo unfortunately died of lymph gland cancer last summer (16-07-2017)
    Sydney was since °03/06/2017 in Guwara’s pouch.

  13. Dear Cécile and Jos, yes, you are right. While reading your words, I remember that Omaroo died last Summer. So, my words for an eventual danger for in-breeding were premature. Nevertheless, I am glad that he left us such a sweet little daughter.
    And again, please do not hesitate to send us videos, reports and pics of your Planckendael visits.

  14. Dear Patricia, Cecile, Jos!
    Thank you for the wonderful pictures of the koala family. Sassafras is a very cute girl. Sydney is a pretty girl too.

  15. Liebe Patricia, Cecile und Jos,

    danke für die niedlichen Bilder und auch Videos von den Koalabären.
    Die Babys sind besonders süß.
    Ich hatte mal vor einigen Jahren im Australien-Urlaub einen Koala auf dem Arm. Sie sind so kuschelig und riechen nach “Hustenbonbon”. Sie riechen wirklich nach Eukalyptus.

    Herzlichen Glückwunsch nachträglich zum Geburtstag und alles Gute.

    Liebe Grüße

  16. It’s a joy to get – aftr quite a while of silence – another report from ‘Planckendael’ and a ‘peep’ from Patricia Roberts and ‘Cecile & Jos’ about the charming Koalas there. And there are even little ones. ‘Awwwww……’ what cuties they are.

    Good Luck! to the mamas and to the babies, and to anybody else envolved, .e.g. zoo reporters, keepers, visitors . . . . .

  17. Especially the second VIDEO is soooooooooooooooo cuuuuute!
    Did soembody ever see a Koala-baby yawn??? Awwwwww . . .

  18. They are so cute, I live in Sydney and have Taronga zoo very close to me, its great that people in Antwerp and Planckendael can experience these cute Koalas first hand.

  19. Hello Ben!

    Thank you for your comment! I’m glad to notice Knuti’s Weekly has readers even in Australia!

  20. Dear Ben, I remember Taronga Zoo and the story of “Mr. Shuffles”. Please do not hesitate to share your pics and reports with us.

  21. Hello Jos, Cecile and Patricia.

    My name is Paula and I am a Docent at Cleveland Metroparks zoo where Omaroo was born. I was wondering how he was doing and saddened to hear that he died last summer. He was my favorite koala because he was the first koala I was able to watch grow up.

    It’s great to see both videos of his granddaughter, Sassafras and his daughter, Sydney. I believe he has sired a total of 7 joeys.

  22. Hello Paula!

    How nice to read your comment here! Thank you for the information!

  23. MERVI – Thank you very much for having added these two videos.

    The first one is interesting and – of course – the koalas are cute
    but the second one is simply overwhelmingly cuuuuuuuuuuute!

    Having in mind this gorgeous video of SASSAFRAS with Mama ALINGA (see above!)
    and the most beautiful picture of handsome little Teddy-bear LUNA with QUOTE
    “Sich hinlegen und einfach zufrieden sein!” (see GISELA’s latest report from BÄRENWALD MÜRITZ)
    I will soon close my eyes in peace and for sure have beautiful dreams.

  24. Comment on: (Thanks to Patricia who notified us)
    Paula May 28th, 2018 7:43 pm Hello Jos, Cecile and Patricia. My name is Paula and I am a Docent at Cleveland Metroparks zoo where Omaroo was born. I was wondering how he was doing and saddened to hear that he died last summer. He was my favorite koala because he was the first koala I was able to watch grow up. It’s great to see both videos of his granddaughter, Sassafras and his daughter, Sydney. I believe he has sired a total of 7 joeys.
    COMMENT: Hello Paula,
    7 joeys is correct.
    See 3 more videos about Omaroo, his daughter and granddaughter:
    In one of these videos we used (yours we believe) fotos of Colliet and joey Omaroo!
    Thank you for your comment.

  25. Hello Paula,
    7 joeys indeed. Since 1998 we too follow several newborn koalas, some from the moment they are conceived e.g. HANYA, IONA, NUR-NURU-BIN, OOBI OOOBI, SYDNEY and ALINGA. GUWARA we know since she came out of mama IURI’s pouch. Omaroo we met first in ZooParc de Beauval (France).
    https://youtu.be/ulNCr1Bd3N8 (video with 2 foto’s from Paula~koala, YOU?)

  26. Correction in comment 25.
    the moment they are conceived e.g.
    must read:
    the moment of insemination e.g.