Koala Habitat Maps
We’re delighted to be able to share some results from research at our first study site in SE Wollemi National Park and the adjacent developed areas including Kurrajong and Grose Vale. Thank you to everyone who submitted koala sightings to us. The Koala Habitat Maps below were created based on a range of data including koala sightings, our scat survey work and data from the koalas that we have been radio-tracking. From all of this information, we now have a good idea of which habitats are most important to koalas at this site and of where they are likely to be found.
A key result from our research is that there appears to be a significantly large and widespread koala population in the area, which is likely to be growing. This is great news when other koala populations across Australia are in decline. However, there are some highly suitable habitats for koalas in the developed area and koalas are likely to continue to move through these areas, particularly young koalas that are dispersing. That means they are at risk from vehicle collisions as they cross roads, and from domestic dog attacks. If you live in this area please keep an eye out, slow down on the roads and keep your dogs locked up at night.
Koala Habitat Map. The red and orange areas in the map above show highly suitable and suitable koala habitats, and there are lot of fragments of these habitats near roads and in people’s backyards. These areas contain food trees that koalas love and they will happily cross roads and yards to get to them, without thinking about the danger they are in.
Koala Risk Hotspot Map. This map shows the highest risk areas, where you are most likely to find koalas coming into the developed area. If you live in or near one of these Koala Risk Hotspots please do everything you can to help take care of the koalas that live here. That includes slow driving, responsible dog ownership, and helping to protect and restore koala habitats.
These maps were produced with support from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage’s Saving our Species program. Thanks also to our core supporters for the Blue Mountains Koala Project, San Diego Zoo Global.