You may have noticed there has been a lot of press coverage on koalas lately. The species has recently been listed under national government legislation as a threatened species in New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory and Queensland. Much of the coverage has focussed on translocations and development issues, and on numbers of koalas. There is a critical issue missing from the press, and that is that numbers alone don't paint the full picture.
Some of the figures suggest that 3 million koalas were shot for the fur trade and that we have only 100,000 koalas left. Many of the large populations are reintroduced and suffering from inbreeding depression. Other populations are small and fragmented. A coordinated national effort based on a thorough understanding of the status of these remaining population fragments, right across the species range, is essential. Only then can we secure a future for the koala.
If you know of any koala populations in the area, or have recently seen a koala in the wild, please use our contact form to get in touch with us.