The Koala attracts considerable public attention as an Australian icon and, through its appeal to international visitors, contributes significantly to Australia’s tourism industry. The Koala is also an important component of Australia’s biodiversity and shares its habitat with many other native species. Koalas are threatened by extensive tree clearing and fragmentation . They also are threatened by disease, fire, drought and, more recently road deaths and predation by dogs. Climate change is also having a direct impact on Koala habitat.
We need to take action now to conserve the Koala.
Species description and distribution
Koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) are a native Australian tree-dwelling medium-sized marsupial. with predominantly grey-coloured fur. They vary considerably in weight throughout the country with the average weight of males being 6.5 kg in Queensland, compared with 12 kg in Victoria. Koalas in the north of the country tend to have shorter, silver-grey fur, whereas those in the south have longer, thicker, brown-grey fur.
Koalas in some regions face increasing threats from urban expansion, disease, habitat loss, vehicle strike, and predation by dogs, They are very susceptibal to drought and climate change and in some regions their over population is damaging habitat somne of our native forests.
The federal Environment Minister has listed the Queensland, New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory Koala populations as vulnerable under national environment law (EPBC Act).
Conservation Volunteers is taking action
Conservation volunteers is taking action by mobilising volunteers, local communities, government and business partners to:
- Protect and enhance Koala habitat, creating habitat including biolinks and restoring degraded areas;
- Monitor habitat and Koala health and population size;
- Increase awareness of the threats faced by the Koalas.
Ultimately our goal is to ensure Koalas continue to survive and flourish in the wild.
What can you do ?
- Koala conservation – Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (link is external)
- Koala conservation in SEQ – Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning (link is external)
New South Wales
- NSW Recovey plan for the koala (PDF – 3 MB) (link is external)
- NSW Office of Environment and Heritage Koala page (link is external)