30 results for author: Kellie Leigh


The Importance of Volunteers to our Wildlife Conservation Mission

One of Science for Wildlife’s core values is Collaboration. We value the involvement of others as it ensures we deliver the highest quality conservation outcomes, enables us to connect communities to wildlife, helps build stewardship for conservation in the local community and also allows us to apply our research to on-ground conservation action. Without our volunteers, many of our projects and initiatives would not be as effective and in some instances, not possible at all. Who are our volunteers and what role do they play? Our volunteers come from a variety of different community contexts including environmental and community groups, bushwalking ...

Using Satellite Imagery to effectively Deploy Critical Resources

In the wake of the bushfire disaster, there has been an urgent need to get water and food to native wildlife. However, it’s not easy to make sure supplies are going where they are most needed. By using the latest satellite imagery technology, the Science for Wildlife team are assessing where and when wildlife are in need of food and water supplies, so we can send our amazing team of volunteers into targeted areas. The impact of recent rainfall Recent rainfall, which extinguished some of the most persistent bush fires we have seen this season, came as a huge relief to many across the state. The Science for Wildlife Research and Volunteer teams were ...

Koalas Saved Ahead of Bushfire in the Blue Mountains

Devastating wildlife losses, caused by unprecedented bushfire conditions, have lead us to take some unprecedented actions. Over the weekend we moved out 12 koalas to keep them safe from fire. Through our research we have newly discovered these koala populations and how important they are for the conservation of the species. Our studies have shown the Blue Mountains World Heritage region supports koalas that have the highest level of genetic diversity recorded, and the population we have been working on Kanangra-Boyd National Park is one of only two populations in NSW that are free of chlamydial disease. We have watched as these mega-fires have ...

Halfway through 2019 and things are steaming ahead..

News Highlights > We're delighted that our Blue Mountains Koala Project is one of 10 projects in NSW recently awarded funding under the NSW Koala Research Plan. > Our first round of koala scat surveys in and around Kanangra are done, adding more koala records to the map > There is a training day for koala radio-tracking coming up, on 14th July > Please Donate - help us keep up the momentum! End of financial year is here, all donations are tax deductible.

Exciting news from Africa

It's been a long road full of challenges but a road well worth travelling; we are delighted to announce that we have just received endorsement from the Zambian Government for our collaborative wildlife conservation program. The aim of the program is to restore biodiversity and ecosystem processes in the stunning Lower Zambezi National Park in Zambia. In essence, it involves utilising large mammal species as flagships for conservation and includes working with eland, large carnivores, and elephants with a view to eventually reintroducing black rhino. We'll be undertaking ecological research to inform management, plus increasing protected area security ...

Support wildlife this Christmas, visit our online shop

Are you looking for gift ideas that will help wildlife this Christmas? Our gorgeous 2019 photo wall calendar is the perfect present, or enjoy it yourself! It features beautiful photos of Africa and the World Heritage Blue Mountains region, and some of the furry faces who are benefitting from our conservation efforts. This year we're also stocking some gorgeous plush koalas, 100% natural cotton tote bags, and notepads. All proceeds from sales directly support our work on the ground, so you can feel good about giving this Christmas! SHOP NOW

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 ...

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 ...