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Charlie the Koala at Nev Walker's dam last week.

Nev snaps koalas drinking from dam

Nev snaps koalas drinking from dam By Hannah Knight Feb. 18, 2014, 8:12 a.m. COOLING OFF: Charlie the Koala at Nev Walker’s dam last week. Pictures: CONTRIBUTED NEV Walker from Havelock snapped these photos of koalas drinking water at his property last week. One of the koalas, fondly named “Charlie”, has been at the property, between Maryborough and…read more

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Koala tracking dog Oscar with his owner Jim Shields

Oscar the koala sniffer goes north

  Oscar the koala sniffer goes north ABC Rural  - Julie Ray State forestry managers in NSW are employing a unique staff member to track the live koala population. The world’s first koala sniffer dog, Oscar, is being used by the NSW Forestry Corporation in the Royal Camp State Forest near Casino in the state’s north.…read more

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One Tree

One tree the size of a telegraph pole stores around one Tonne of carbon (which is the equivalent to a carbon credit). If this tree were to be chopped down, it would require 2000 saplings covering an area of 2 Hectares to replace it in terms of carbon offsetting. Trees need to be thought more…read more

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Replanting trees will save land and marine species

Even though the devastating Queensland floods of early 2011 are some nine months ago now, greater damage is starting to reveal itself out to sea – so far nearly 1,000 dead Sea Turtles and 170 dead Dugongs, a vulnerable species, have been found. The creatures are dying from starvation because they are losing their food…read more

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Koalas in the news

Concerns grow over plans for Kinross Road project July 21, 2011 “Given the irrefutable impacts and undesirable precedents that bridging the Wellington Ponds would create, decreasing the development yield so as to negate the need for a bridge and connection to Wellington Street is the best option.” Cr Henry also expressed concern about the koala…read more

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Queensland Koalas

The Queensland koala population is an important population for all of Australia because it is natural – it is one of the only populations left in Australia where koalas are existing naturally in their natural physical environment. In other words, Queensland koalas have not been manipulated, introduced, or reintroduced. As we have discussed in previous…read more

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Fragmentation of koala habitat

Fragmentation of Koala Habitat and Inbreeding

One of the major issues affecting the health and sustainability of koala populations is fragmentation of habitat. Every time new roads, developments and fences are constructed in koala habitats, the normal movement of koalas is hindered, and they are disconnected from the things they need to survive – food trees and other koalas. As mentioned…read more

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Koala home ranges

Home Ranges

A home range is the place where a koala spends all its time, and encompasses all the resources the koala requires to survive and reproduce. In healthy koala habitats, koalas do not have to compete for resources – so competition for food trees and other resources influences how koalas are distributed across a landscape. A…read more

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Sam the Koala

Sam the Koala

Australia was deeply saddened when the very famous Sam the Koala died. Sam became famous when he was given water by a Victorian bush fire fighter after the devastating Victorian fires of 2009. The then Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, made a statement about how sad it was that Sam had passed away. He…read more

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This is not good enough

How Big?

Koala land means large undisturbed tracts of bushland. Ideally, for a good stable koala population, you need a minimum of 180 koalas over 3600Ha. Koalas will only inhabit 50% of this area. Half of the koalas must be female, and 60% of the females need to be reproductive. An absolute minimum for a koala habitat…read more

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Degraded Land

The fastest growing urban footprint in Australia is in South East Queensland, which has been accommodating an extra 600 to 1000 people every week. As urban areas expand at an ever increasing rate, we have to start thinking about different ways of using land, because current trends are eating into koala habitat at an alarming…read more

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