Burley the Koala Visits NBC4

By Samantha Tata
|  Friday, Feb 22, 2013  |  Updated 5:51 PM PDT
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The San Diego Zoo stops by the NBC4 News at Noon, with creatures from the new Australian Outback exhibit, opening Memorial Day weekend.

The San Diego Zoo stops by the NBC4 News at Noon, with creatures from the new Australian Outback exhibit, opening Memorial Day weekend.

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Aussie critters visited the NBC4 studios on Friday to herald the opening of their new digs at the San Diego Zoo.

Matilda the kookaburra showed off her pipes (watch), and Burley the koala (pictured below) was ever the professional stoically posing on his branch. Burley's name is an Aboriginal word meaning "star," his handlers said.

Many of the animals that visited the studio will be living at the Australian Outback exhibit at the San Diego Zoo. It opens May 23.

And visitors will be able to see the creatures from Down Under from above, perched on a deck that overlooks the largest koala colony outside Australia.

That’ll help wildlife fans actually spot the elusive critters, which tend to burrow high up in the branches of a eucalyptus tree.

But if you can't wait for May, you can check out the zoo's Koala Cam, which was launched on Australia Day (Jan. 26).

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