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

Koalas with VHF mini-tracker
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 ...

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

koala survey country
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 ...

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

koalas in our midst - koala pic
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.

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You’re not going to believe this…

Pluto, the sub-alpine koala joey
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!

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Sad, sad news

Badger koala detection dog
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.

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Discovering Dark Koalas

finding 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...  

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Watch our Koala Project featured on Nine News

Some certain four-legged experts are now helping with Koala conservation efforts, with results proving significant. Watch this Nine News Story to find out more...

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The story of George of the Jungle, a Troublesome Koala

George of the Jungle in his natural habitat in the Blue Mountains
Koalas are not as dull as they seem. When you see them dozing in a tree they look like they don’t get up to much, but some of them have a secret life full of adventures. George the koala, one of our study animals, is a perfect example. We captured him back in September last year in Wollemi National Park, at the start of koala breeding season and we fitted him with a new GPS collar. You can read about some of his adventures here...

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Koalas, stubborn conservation dogs, and a shout out to our volunteers

volunteers trekking into wollemi
It's been a busy few months of fieldwork, as we work to expand our Blue Mountains Koala Project into new areas and new habitats. First up, I'd like to say thanks to all the dedicated volunteers that came out koala spotting with us in Wollemi National Park recently...

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Zeus the koala might be immortal after all..

There is a mixed record of success when it comes to treatment of chlamydia in koalas. Often the stress of being held in care combined with the disease symptoms means they don't survive treatment. So I was pretty nervous about re-catching Zeus and taking him into care for treatment, but we had to try..

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