Sunday, August 14, 2016

Two Koalas at Jarowair

14 August 2016

Two Koalas were spotted last night at Jarowair under torch light, in eucalyptus trees in a close vicinity to each other.  In the light of day, they were not so easy to find... but Brendon with his eagle eye spotted one of them, this healthy male and I was able to spend some time taking some photographs of him.  He looks very healthy, eyes and rump in very good condition, which is great.

We both discussed, however, that despite seeing koalas here fairly regularly, we have only once seen a koala with a back joey.  I spoke to our friend who is a Koala rescue and rehabilitation expert, and she felt that this was quite concerning, and that disease is wiping out the population, just as quick as habitat loss.  {Link to the only koala with back joey seen here in 10 years.}

For the meantime, we will keep doing what we can, re-planting koala food trees, letting the natural habitat restore, and refraining from owning livestock or large dogs.

GPS photos recording this koalas location were also taken for accurate records.

J & B

Koala at Jarowair 14 August 2016

Same koala, taken from another angle int he sunshine... big bum on a small branch - very common behaviour.