HOW MUCH CAN A KOALA BEAR?: Researcher from the Heidleberg University in Germany, Katharina Kadi?nig is pictured with Milton, a 4 1/2 year old male koala from the Ballarat Wildlife and Reptile Park. A team is here to undertake research to help with the koalas’ management and preservation.THE cuddly and often sleepy koala will become the subject of new research to help with the species’ management and preservation.
Announced this week by Ballarat City Council and the Australian Koala Foundation, the study will find out where and why koalas are dying in the municipality.
Australian Koala Foundation liaison officer Rolf Schlagloth said anecdotal evidence showed the species was under greater threat than ever before.
“There are hundreds and hundreds of records of koalas being injured and killed but it hasn’t been compiled, analysed, and published,” he said.
Mr Schlagloth said the biggest threats to koalas today were wild dogs and car accidents.
“We are worried we have a huge drain of koalas that are already under threat from loss of habitat,” he said.
“You can’t sustain a healthy koala population if you just have a continuing bleeding of stock.”
German researcher Katharina Kadiönig will assist with the collation and mapping of the data onto a geographical information system.
Using this system, data will show where koalas are most threatened and help council implement strategies to assist with sustaining and protecting the population.
City of Ballarat Environment Officer Melanie Robertson said it was important that people realised koalas were here first, and should not be seen as a pest.
Data about where koalas are being killed and injured will be collected from local wildlife carers, vets and the Australian Koala Foundation.
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