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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From eland to rhino, wildlife conservation in Africa

Elephant on the Zambezi River
After a successful reccy trip to Zambia late last year Science for Wildlife is currently working with partner organisations to develop a proposal to restore populations of locally extinct or depleted wildlife species in the Lower Zambezi area. The project is being undertaken together with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Zambia, the Department of National Parks and Wildlife, and local not-for-profit Conservation Lower Zambezi.

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Give a Science for Wildlife Conservation Card

Give the gift of giving this Christmas with a Conservation Card
Are you looking to give an environmentally friendly Christmas gift this year, that helps to conserve wildlife at the same time? Then visit our online store to choose from our Conservation Card range. We also have a beautiful wildlife calendar on sale...

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Groundbreaking new research into koala diversity

New research just out: Science for Wildlife is part of a project which uses new technology, whole-genome DNA to answer critical questions about koala conservation. To effectively manage koalas, we need to understand how different the populations across Australia are, and how genetically diverse they are or what their "fitness" level is. For example we know koalas in the south (Victoria) are bigger and have thicker fur than those in Queensland, because they are adapted to different climates. So we know not to translocate koalas from Queensland to Victoria, but we don’t ...

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News from the field

A female koala being released after capture
We have been crazy busy in the field for the last few months, and want to share with you some news from our Blue Mountains Koala Project. Firstly, we have the first joey from one of our study animals! The joey's mum was fitted with a collar last summer as part of our pilot project, and since then has mated and produced a bundle of cuteness. He or she is named "ears" for now by one of the team who spent many hours at the base of the tree waiting to get these photos.

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Want to stretch your knowledge of our native wildlife?

dingo
Sorry that we can't bring you more on drop bears, but we can invite you to share in brand new information on some of our fascinating native species. Attend a workshop to learn how to spot koalas and where to look for them in the Blue Mountains region (including how to track koalas stealthily by scats/poop), or attend a screening of two new films on apex predators; dingoes and eagles. The events are happening across Sydney and the Blue Mountains. Here are the details, bring a friend. (Thanks to the facebook group "the drop bears" for the headline news)

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The nose knows – the science is in on wildlife sniffer dogs

the nose knows
Scientists have for the first time tested wildlife detection dogs to see how they perform in different habitats, and the results are very impressive. Wildlife sniffer dogs are trained to find the scats (poo) or scent of hard to find wildlife species. As threatened species continue to drop in numbers, they become much harder to find and conserve. Detection dogs are a potential solution to that problem. Listen to ABC Radio National, or read all about it...

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The Blue Mountains Koala Project on the Channel 9 Today Show
Our Blue Mountains Koala Project just featured on Channel 9's the Today Show. Watch the Today Show clip and listen to Sarah from the Wilderness Society spreading the word about the plight of our koalas. The Wilderness Society is partnering with Science for Wildlife and donating a portion of the proceeds from their WildEndurance event to the koala project. Are you up for a 50km or 100km walk in the Blue Mountains? If so, get a team together, hike your heart out and raise funds for our fluffy icon at the same time. Or if you prefer the couch on weekends and want to let ...

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