23 results for author: Kellie Leigh


Koala seen in Blackheath!

Wow, nobody was expecting this. We've had indications that koalas might be in the valleys either side of the upper Blue Mountains communities, but we weren't anticipating one popping up on the sandstone plateau at a famous cliff-line lookout. But that is just what this male koala did, at Govetts Leap in Blackheath, and he treated his observers to a few bellows as well! His appearance has created quite a buzz in the mountains; koalas have not been recorded here before. It doesn't get much more Aussie than this, an iconic koala at an iconic lookout in the World Heritage Blue Mountains. Our research to date has indicated that there's a growing ...

Come koala spotting in Kanangra!

We've got some fieldwork coming up and we need helpers! We're expanding our ecological studies of koalas in the Kanangra-Boyd National Park area, after running a pilot study for 12 months. This October we will be searching for new koalas to include in our study. Koalas can be hard to find, so we need more eyes in the bush to help us search. We don't know much about this koala population yet so once we have tagged more koalas at this site we'll be collecting information on tree use, how far the koalas move and what habitats they prefer, their breeding and mortality rates, and their genetic diversity and disease status. There is more information ...

Blue Mountains koalas are the most genetically diverse population recorded

We have exciting news about the importance of the Blue Mountains koala population for conservation of the species as a whole. Science for Wildlife is a partner on a national-scale koala genomics study, with James Cook University, the University of Sydney and San Diego Zoo Global. We used cutting-edge genetic technology to answer critical questions about koala conservation across Australia. The results have just been published, and we found koalas in the Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury region have the highest level of genetic diversity in the country, out of 22 populations sampled from South Australia up to northern Queensland. The paper states ...

Our koala research is going out to schools

We're delighted to be sharing our fascinating discoveries about the Hawkesbury and Blue Mountains koalas with local schools, in partnership with Brewongle Environmental Education Centre...

A first for koala welfare – a mini-tracker for koalas!

All of the koalas in the photos above are being radio-tracked, and not one of them is wearing a radio-collar. "How?" you may ask. We have developed a tiny and low impact radio-tracking device for koalas. For many decades, thousands of koalas across Australia have been fitted with radio-collars so that research teams can collect vital information on koala ecology and identify the threats they face. Collars are approved for use by Animal Ethics Committees across the country and until now there have been no alternatives, however, the collars can weigh 200gm or more and can occasionally cause "collar rub" where an irritation on the koala's neck is ...

What Scat is That? To find out, come and join the Intrepid Koala Scat Survey!

Feeling adventurous? Well, we have the perfect project for you! Finding koalas in the mountains just by looking up has proven to be difficult, so that's where scat surveys come in. Join our Intrepid Koala Scat Survey and help us to carry out surveys for koalas across a range of different habitats in the Blue Mountains region. Koalas are listed as a threatened species under the federal EPBC Act in NSW, QLD and the ACT and they are in decline across most of the species range. The Blue Mountains is a potentially important stronghold for them, but we know almost nothing about the koalas in this region. That's why we need your help. Mapping where koalas ...

Koalas in our Midst – learn about koalas in the Hawkesbury region

You are warmly invited to attend a free information session on koalas in the Hawkesbury area. Hear from experts about where koalas occur in your area, what they sound like and how you can help them. You'll have an opportunity to participate in people-powered research too, as part of our Intrepid Koala Scat Survey in May this year.

You’re not going to believe this…

We have just discovered a colony of koalas in the World Heritage Blue Mountains region, living at over 1000m. Not only that, but they were found on the top of a ridge in what most experts would class as poor quality and highly unlikely habitat. This is exciting news for koalas!

Sad, sad news

Badger our beautiful scat detection dog, and stealer of hearts, has been diagnosed with cancer. Many of you have met him, either out on fieldwork or showing off to an audience at one of our community talks.

Discovering Dark Koalas

You might have read about dark matter, and more recently dark DNA. Basically it's stuff that we know is there, but it's very hard to find. I've decided that koalas like those in the Blue Mountains are dark koalas...