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Worth the Drive: Koalapalooza

Worth the Drive is NBCLA's twice weekly look at nearby getaways

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    Koalas climb at the San Diego Zoo.

    Your job: Decide to get out of town and fast. Our job: Help you find where you're headed. This week, NBCLA's Worth the Drive takes us to...

    Koalapalooza: The first part of the festival title suggests that the famous, leaf-loving marsupial will be the star. The second part, that there's a party involved.

    Place:The San Diego Zoo, a spot that has become much associated with the koala, at least on this continent.

    Dates: Friday, January 15th through Monday, January 18th

    The hubbub: While koalas serenely chew their eucalyptus leaves and blink in our general direction, we humans can take part in a host of activities, like an Aussie Outback VIP Tour, or watch and listen to didgeridoo demos.

    Joey naming: How are your skills in the naming-of-baby-koalas area? The zoo has a joey -- a little girl born last spring -- and they're holding a name contest.

    Joey video:You can see the furry bambino here. You'll probably watch it twice.

    Online auction: If you can't make it down, there is an online auction supporting the Australian Wildlife Conservation. "Be a Koala Researcher for a Day" is one excellent item; other outback-themed offerings are on the list.