Com­mu­nity Koala Care

Galston, Glenorie and Hills Rural News - - Front Page -

Koalas were heard reg­u­larly in the Ma­roota For­est re­gion be­fore the De­cem­ber 2002 bush­fires. In fact, parts of Ma­roota For­est were once a koala pro­tec­tion area.

Since th­ese ter­ri­ble fires the only ev­i­dence of the sur­vival of Koalas in the area has been very lim­ited. A koala has been heard ad­ja­cent to the Broad­wa­ter Wet­land and there is anec­do­tal ev­i­dence of a koala hav­ing been seen near the road in Ma­roota. If any read­ers have ev­i­dence of koalas from any other source it would be great if you could con­tact the Glenorie En­vi­ron­ment Cen­tre with your in­for­ma­tion.

Koalas in the wild are hard to see be­cause they are usu­ally in the tops of trees, in dap­pled light and sur­rounded by leaves. A good way to find out if koalas are about is to lis­ten for them. They are most ac­tive dur­ing the breed­ing sea­son which ex­tends be­tween Septem­ber and Novem­ber. Dur­ing this time, the males make a very dis­tinc­tive grunt­ing noise and this call can be heard dur­ing the night and in the early hours of the morn­ing.

It would be won­der­ful to have nu­mer­ous koala fam­i­lies liv­ing in our forests once again and it would be great to know if their num­bers are start­ing to build up. Koala calls can be heard by typ­ing ‘ koala mat­ing calls’ in to google. If any­one hears any dis­tinc­tive grunt­ing noises that are sim­i­lar to th­ese calls please con­tact Pat at Glenorie En­vi­ron­ment Cen­tre, email de­blacko7@hot­mail.com or call 0419 321 276. This way a record of where th­ese calls are heard can be made and a data bank es­tab­lished.

A reg­u­lar koala sur­vey is be­ing con­ducted ev­ery year by the Glenorie En­vi­ron­ment Cen­tre and any new in­for­ma­tion would be much ap­pre­ci­ated.

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