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koala retrovirus pandemic

What koalas can teach us about human evolution and disease.

Past Pandemics Are in Our Genes What koalas can teach us about human evolution and disease. By Carl Zimmer|Posted Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at 7:19 AM ET When koalas infected with the koala retrovirus reproduce, they pass the viral DNA along with their own to their offspring.Photo by Torsten Blackwood/AFP/Getty Images. To understand what it means…read more

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Nimbadon reconstruction

Ancient tree-wombat behaved like a koala

Scientists say the Nimbadon an ancient tree-wombat  the size of a human that roamed the earth 15 odd million years ago behaved a lot like a koala! Ancient tree-wombat behaved like a koala Thursday, 22 November 2012Anna Salleh - ABC Nimbadon weighed about the same as a human and lived in Australian rainforests 15 million years ago (Peter Schouten)…read more

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koala rescued from fire

Koala rescue in South Australian bushfire aftermath

Koalas suffer in fire Nov. 12, 2012, 5:57 p.m. WELCOME DRINK: Clint Woods found this injured koala on the side of the road to Fishery Bay yesterday morning. He gave it water and waited for animal rescue to pick it up. Photographs: Ron Campbell Television News MIKKIRA Station was among properties burnt in the Sleaford…read more

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koala in a tree is threatened by mines

Ask Minister Burke to protect Leard Forest’s koalas, reject Maules Creek mine

Ask Minister Burke to protect Leard Forest’s koalas, reject Maules Creek mine 13 Nov 2012 | Lee Rhiannon The NSW Government’s Planning and Assessment Commission has given the go-ahead for the Maules Creek coal mine in North West NSW, which threatens to destroy forever precious koala habitat in Leard Forest. Even though the area is mapped as…read more

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Young female koala brutally attacked by five dogs

Young female koala brutally attacked by five dogs 1st November, 2012 By View News Dr Amber Gillett with Peta – Photo Credit: Ben Beaden/Australia Zoo. Wildlife veterinarians at Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital are run off their feet during trauma season (also known as breeding season), and this year is no exception. Last week, a young koala was…read more

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chest bond koala released in Ipswich

Chesty Bond the koala released at Denmark Hill Conservation Estate

Chesty Bond the koala released at Denmark Hill Conservation Estate by Ipswich Koala Protection Society by:Jane Chudleigh, Ipswich News  From:Quest Newspapers  November 01, 2012 9:21AM Chesty Bond the koala is released by Ipswich Koala Protection Society at Denmark Hill Conservation Estate. Source: Quest Newspapers Chesty Bond the koala wasn’t too happy at all the attention his release back…read more

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planned moreton bay koala refuge land

Moreton Bay Council Plans Koala Refuge

Council plans koala refuge Thursday, 1 November 2012 Source: Lee Oliver Moreton Bay councillor Bob Millar points to the location of a proposed koala refuge at Samford Valley. Moreton Bay Regional Council hopes to establish a koala refuge at Samford Valley. Council has sent a funding application to the Queensland Government’s Nature Refuges Program to establish the…read more

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lonely koala in a tree

A history of inbreeding leaves koalas with low genetic diversity

Lonely Koalas Long Ago Turned to Kin for Sex Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer Date: 22 October 2012 Time: 03:30 PM ET A koala bear (Phascolarctos cinereus). CREDIT: Dr. Eveline Dungl – Tiergarten Schönbrunn A checkered past for Australia’s koalas means that the tuft-eared marsupials have low genetic diversity — a sign of inbreeding. Mating…read more

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koala mum and joey

Council dedicates 15 reserves to protect koalas

Council dedicates 15 reserves to protect koalas 23rd October, 2012 Sunshine Coast Council has committed to protect over 500 hectares of land with known koala habitat under a state-wide conservation program. Council has entered into a Conservation Agreement with the state government to protect and manage 15 council-owned reserves as Nature Refuges. The reserves are…read more

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coolum koala crossing creek

Rare Coolum koala heads to sea

Rare Coolum koala heads to sea Damian Bathersby - 23rd Oct 2012 5:45 AM Lisa Warren and her daughter Emily at the spot where they saw a koala swim across Stumers Creek. - Warren Lynam WHEN Lisa Warren saw a koala wander out of the scrub and on to the beach at Coolum, she thought she was seeing…read more

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koala and frog toys

What do koalas and frogs have in common?

They are both Sentinel Species whose presence, absence, or relative well-being in a given environment is indicator of the health of its ecosystem as a whole. Here’s a great campaign called follow the frog which highlights the fact that, we don’t have to go all the way to south america to do something, it’s happening right here…read more

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