Caring for our koalas

It’s that time of year again when koalas, our furry mammal friends, are on the lookout for love... Koala breeding season has officially begun so you may see these wonderful animals moving about more than usual over the next few months.

Brisbane’s shady trees and abundant bushlands mean many of us are neighbours to significant, native animal species. Internationally recognised and officially part of Brisbane’s faunal emblem, the koala is listed as a vulnerable species.

We are still lucky enough to have koalas in Brisbane, so let’s look after them. Council’s latest citywide koala surveys have revealed Brisbane has three distinct koala population clusters. One cluster lives in Brisbane’s northern suburbs, another is in the southern and eastern suburbs and the final cluster occurs in the city’s outer western suburbs.

Top 5 ways to protect koalas

Check out our top tips to help care for our local koalas this breeding season:

Drive carefully

Look for koala crossing signs and scan the roadsides for koalas (and other wildlife) that may be on the move, especially around dusk and dawn.

Council is helping koalas and other animals to safely navigate our roads with a range of Wildlife Movement Solutions, including smart signs and special fences. Remember, driving carefully and staying alert for wildlife close to the road may just save a life.

Plant koala food trees

Koalas love to snack, particularly on the below food trees:

  • grey gum (Eucalyptus major)
  • tallowoood (Eucalyptus microcorys)
  • small-fruited grey gum (Eucalyptus propinqua)
  • scribbly gum (Eucalyptus racemosa)
  • red stringy bark (Eucalyptus resinifera)
  • swamp mahogany (Eucalyptus robusta)
  • fine-leaved red gum (Eucalyptus seeana)
  • blue gum (Eucalyptus tereticornis) (highly desirable).

Council is committed to protecting our beautiful koalas and other native wildlife through a range of programs. Our Bushland Acquisition Program helps to acquire and conserve more bushland, providing food and habitat resources.

Provide koala friendly fencing

To keep koalas safe, make sure you design your fence to allow wildlife to pass by easily.

You can find more information about wildlife-friendly fencing and netting by visiting Land For Wildlife.

Keep koalas safe from your dog

We want to make sure our local koalas and your dogs are kept at a safe distance from each other. Read our tips on how to prevent any attacks from happening and learn what to do if you spot an injured koala. 

Watch koalas from a distance

It’s best not to interrupt these cute, cuddly creatures while they are on the move. Leave them be and watch from a distance – they’ll be forever thankful.

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Date posted: Monday, 30th September, 2019
Last updated:2 October 2019
Topics: green