Director Barbara J. Menard represented the Menard Family Foundation at the dedication of the Conrad Prebys Australian Outback at the San Diego Zoo on May 22, 2013. The Menard Family Foundation was recognized for its ongoing commitment to San Diego Zoo Global for the renovation and relocation of the giraffe exhibit and the construction of the new, ADA accessible walkway to the Australian Outback exhibit. The evening included cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and an Australian themed dinner in the exhibit area.
Female koala, Tonahleah, and her 10-month-old male joey, Gummy, settle into their new digs at the all-new Conrad Prebys Australian Outback exhibit at the San Diego Zoo. The 3-acre exhibit, opening to the public Friday, May 24, 2013 is the new home to koalas and other marsupial species from Australia including wallabies, wombats and an egg-laying mammal, the short-beaked echidna. Australian Outback also features aviaries of native Australian birds, like the kookaburra and bowerbird. The mother and joey are two of the 21 koalas at the San Diego Zoo. The San Diego Zoo has the largest breeding colony of Queensland koalas and the most successful koala breeding program outside of Australia.