Look Who Popped In—Well, Actually, Out!
In 1961, the koalas had San Diego’s attention again, but this time, the fuzzy center of attention was also in the world’s spotlight—Sara’s newest koala joey was the first ever conceived and born outside of Australia. The little female was named Vicki, and she made headlines before she had much more than her head out of the pouch. She had been born in the summer of 1960, and bided her time nursing and growing until she made her dramatic appearance in November. In 1961, the Zoological Society received the American Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums’ Edward H. Bean Award for the “most notable birth of 1960,” which the Society accepted with deep pride. But even more important, the Zoo’s koala colony was breeding successfully and growing!