Chlamydia-free Kangaroo Island koalas find new home in an Adelaide Hills sanctuary | ABC News

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Twenty-eight koalas have been transferred from bushfire-ravaged Kangaroo Island to establish a disease-free colony on the South Australian mainland.

The Kangaroo Island koalas are the only in the country that don’t suffer from chlamydia and an AIDS-like condition known as koala retrovirus.

The hope is a breeding program will allow disease-free koalas to be reintroduced into the wild.

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