Big Koala

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Dennis
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Big Koala

Went down to Victoria Point Reserve & saw the biggest Koala I've ever seen.

Araminta
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Sure looks a lot healthier than the hundreds starving Koalas walking aroud my backyard and the Bunyip State Park. Were hundreds were released into the Park regardless. They were starving already on French Island, so they were caught and brought here. There are lots of trees in the Park, aren't there?? Never mind if they are not the same as they were used to eat. They'll cope, won't they?

Most of them didn't, I found a few.

So the one in your photo looks like a very lucky one.

Nice photo.

M-L

Dennis
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Hey M-L I'm no expert on the subject but I believe the Koalas here in The Redlands are better off than the ones you've described, our biggest issue here may be that housing estates are growing and the Koalas natural habitat is shrinking. They are reasonably well catered for as far as food goes and they are in a recognised Koala Habitat. In January 2008 Redland City Council announced that there were 2,939 Koalas in the Redlands, making it home to the largest urban Koala population in Australia. At that time Redlands Koala Policy & Implementation Strategy was to increase this number to 5000 in the area by 2014.

http://www.redland.qld.gov.au/EnvironmentWaste/EnvironmentPlans/Pages/Koala-Strategy.aspx

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http://www.redland.qld.gov.au/SiteCollectionDocuments/Plans_Reports/Environment_plans/Koala_Strategy_08.pdf

I am certainly begining to see more Koalas in recent times which is a good thing for us all.

Cheers

timmo
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That's great news Dennis, as all I've heard in recent times in Brissie is the ongoing decline of koala populations, along with the state government's recent axing of the specific koala preservation scientists.

Cheers
Tim
Brisbane

Dennis
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Timmo, well lets hope the population is on the increase, the information I got was off the council website so I hope its accurate but you never really know. I am seeing more Koalas as I said & it is nice to see them when your walking along the various bush tracks in the area. A few years ago you could walk all day & see none at least now you seem to be more likely than not to see at least one.

Cheers.

Woko
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That is good news indeed, Dennis. To what do you attribute the increase in the koala numbers?

And shame, bitter shame on the Queensland government for its efforts, direct or indirect, in eradicating koalas.

Dennis
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Hey Woko, like I said earlier I'm no expert on the subject so I couldn't say with any certainty what has attributed to the increase in numbers ( if there is in fact an increase) apart from the pressure applied to Council by the residents & the Greens. I'm sure the research is there for the looking. I think all people living in the Redlands would be happy to see these beautiful animals thrive.

Cheers.

Woko
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Dennis, no doubt, then, the good people of Redlands are all busy restoring koala habitat &/or putting pressure on the council & developers to ensure habitat is restored.

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