11 results for tag: science for wildlife


Koalas keep on coming, now in Winmalee

Press Release - Koalas are back in the Blue Mountains. Not long after the exciting report of a male koala at Govetts Leap in Blackheath, a run of koala sightings in Winmalee has caused quite a stir. It’s not all good news though, as many of these koalas are at risk.

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 ...

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.

The story of George of the Jungle, a Troublesome Koala

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...

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

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...

From eland to rhino, wildlife conservation in Africa

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.