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Old Male Koala Dies at Calif. Zoo

February 9, 2002

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ A male koala who was one of the first residents at the San Francisco Zoo koala exhibit has died at age 19.

Clarry was the world’s oldest captive male koala documented by the Australia-based International Koala Studbook.

Wild koalas generally live 10 to 12 years, and females in captivity can live into their 20s, zoo spokeswoman Nancy Chan said.

His longevity was aided by a liquid supplement that contained dried eucalyptus, zoo veterinarian Freeland Dunker said. Since 2000, Clarry had been unable to chew and grind his teeth to digest eucalyptus leaves.

Clarry and another male koala arrived at the zoo in 1985 from the Queensland National Park and Wildlife Service in Australia.

At that time, the San Francisco Zoo was the third U.S. zoo to exhibit koalas, which are native to Australia.

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