24 Year Old Koala Becomes Oldest in Captivity


Surpassing the average span of living, a Victorian koala in Japan has been recognized as the oldest living koala in captivity by the Guinness Book of World Records. Midori, currently residing at Awaji Farm Park England Hill in Minami Awaji, is currently 24 years old and has earned her spot in fame. 


Born February 1, 1997, Midori was sent as a gift from Yanchep National Park as a part of a sister city relationship. She was one of the four koalas that came to England Park in 2003. Midori’s keeper stated in an interview with The Indian Express,“She was the slimmest and the most helpless-looking of the four. We didn’t expect her to live for such a length for that reason, so she’s surprised us!” Midori’s day, like any other typical koala, consists of eating, sleeping, and once in a while being helped with feeding and excretion. 


Turning 24 is not a small achievement as a koala. The Australia Department of Environment and Natural Resources says that the average age of a female koala kept in captivity is 12-15 years. The lifespan of these furry leaf eaters is even less in the wild, roughly 10-15 years. “To make the number even more relatable, if converted to human years, Midori would be over 100 years old,” stated Yahoo!Entertainment. The previous record of World’s Oldest Koala was held by an Australian koala named Sarah, who passed away in 2001 at the age of 23. 

More than 18 years later Midori makes her home at Awaji Farm Park England Hill a nature-themed zoo in the central part of Awaji Island, Japan. After her most recent birthday, the zoo submitted her age to the Guinness World Record for consideration as the oldest living koala. Despite her age, Midori is able to climb trees, feed herself, and in conditions where she can appear in front of visitors. Midori’s unique trait comes after clambering up a tree. “She shakes her head and makes a smug face,” says Midori’s keeper. 


The Awaji’s park director says Midori’s new title is a bright spot amid all the dark news. As a celebration of0 Midori’s achievement, the park is holding a ceremony Sunday, March 14 to honor Midori’s certificate as the world’s oldest koala.