Koalas Saved Ahead of Bushfire in the Blue Mountains

koala safe in care
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 ...

Read More


Halfway through 2019 and things are steaming ahead..

Koala country Kanimbla Valley
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.

Read More


Exciting news from Africa

lower zambezi national park
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 ...

Read More


Support wildlife this Christmas, visit our online shop

support wildlife this Christmas
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

Read More


Koalas keep on coming, now in Winmalee

koala in Winmalee Blue Mountains
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.

Read More


Koala seen in Blackheath!

blackheath koala
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 ...

Read More


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 ...

Read More


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 ...

Read More


Our koala research is going out to schools

koala incursion Brewongle EEC
We're delighted to be sharing our fascinating discoveries about the Hawkesbury and Blue Mountains koalas with local schools, in partnership with Brewongle Environmental Education Centre...

Read More


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 ...

Read More