How can I tell male and female koalas apart?
Males are generally larger than females and have a broader head with larger ears, the male will call by loud bellowing (females do softer squeals), has a scent gland on their chest which may be stained from secretions, and are less fluffy than females.
Who do you call in the Clarence if you find a sick or injured koala?
Experienced, trained handlers will advise what should be done to assist the koala.
What are the favoured food trees of Clarence koalas?
Grey box (Eucalyptus moluccana)
Tallowwood (Eucalytus microcorys)
Forest red gum (Eucalyptus tereticornis)
Swamp mahogany (Eucalyptus rubusta)
Small-fruited Grey gum (Eucalyptus propinqua)
How can I access koala food trees for planting?
Why should I register a koala sighting?
Knowing where koalas are located in our landscape helps us to conserve the species. Data collection enables us to learn about why koalas prefer a particular habitat, why certain habitats contain more species than other similar habitats, and why koalas are declining from particular areas. By understanding their distribution, we can determine the conservation value of regional zones and further develop management guidelines for natural resources.
How can I get an accurate location or GPS point for a sighting?
Location and time and the most important pieces of information for us when it comes to your data and using it to direct management decisions within council and state government. Help us out if you can and use an App on your phone when taking photos.
IPhone: Context Camera is available on the Apple iStore and can be used to record the latitude/longitude as decimal values inset on a photo, as well as a date/time stamp - two very handy bits of information!
Android: GPS Map Camera is available on the Google Play Store and can be used to record the latitude/longitude as decimal values inset on a photo, as well as a time stamp - two very handy bits of information! Once opening the App, click on the second icon from the top left, scroll to half way down the list and select Map + Lat/Long. This will provide us with a visual and numerical representation of location as well as a date/time stamp!
What if I can't see a koala?
Why are koala populations declining?
Koalas are exposed to a number of threats in developed areas, including:
· Vehicle strike
· Dog attack
· Loss of food and habitat
· Unmanaged fire
· Swimming pools
· Impermeable fences
clearance is recognised as the major threat to koalas due to the loss of food
trees. When their habitat becomes fragmented, koalas have to move greater
distances between trees, making them more vulnerable to vehicle strikes and dog
fragmentation or disturbance can also lead to overcrowding and increased
competition. Koalas then become stressed, which may lead to health problems.
Koalas that are weakened by disease are more vulnerable to dog attack.
How can I learn more about koalas in the Clarence?
Visit the Koalas in the Clarence page on the Clarence Valley Council website to learn more about our furry friends.