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Cohunu Koala Park
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A koala in Cohunu's koala enclosure.
Date opened 1972 (present site 2009)
Location Byford, near Perth,
Western Australia
Land area 14 ha (35 acres)
Coordinates 32°13′50.52″S 116°0′48.6″E / 32.2307000°S 116.013500°E / -32.2307000; 116.013500
No. of species ≈50

Cohunu Koala Park is a wildlife sanctuary on 14 ha (35 acres) of bushland at Byford, near Perth, Western Australia.

It features not only koalas, but also dingoes, kangaroos, emus, wallabies, eagles, wombats, echidnas, quokkas, black swans, pelicans, kookaburras, cockatoos, Australian parrots, owls, ponies, deers, alpacas, donkeys, ostriches, freshwater crocodiles and other animals. Also found around the park are lifelike replicas of dinosaurs.

Lucille Sorbello & Nardino Sorbello established Cohunu Wildlife Park in 1972 at 322 Mills Road East, Martin on approximately 40 acres (16 ha) surrounded by natural bushland in the Darling escarpment near Gosnells. The park's koala colony was established in 1982 with the arrival of four koalas from South Australia, and the facility was renamed Cohunu Koala Park in September 1991. In 2009, the park was moved to its current location at 103 Nettleton Road, Byford. Its koala colony now has over 25 koalas from both northern and southern subspecies.

Between 10 am and 4 pm daily, visitors to the park may be photographed cuddling a koala, at an additional charge. Visitors are also permitted to touch and hand feed various other park animals.

A miniature railway built by volunteers runs around the park; it operates on most weekends and public holidays.

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