The fastest growing urban footprint in Australia is in South East Queensland, which has been accommodating an extra 600 to 1000 people every week. As urban areas expand at an ever increasing rate, we have to start thinking about different ways of using land, because current trends are eating into koala habitat at an alarming rate. The priority needs to be more about minimising the impact on koala habitat. One approach is to focus development on degraded land, already cleared
6.30 with George Negus presented a story about koalas, the Senate Inquiry and property developers, which aired on Ten on June 7, 2011. The story features Senator Bob Brown and Deborah Tabart. #government #news #property #video
Koala land means large undisturbed tracts of bushland. Ideally, and for a good stable koala population, you need a minimum of 180 koalas over 3600Ha. Koalas will only inhabit 50% of this area. Half of the koalas must be female, and 60% of the females need to be reproductive. An absolute minimum for a koala habitat is 50 Hectares, and to maintain connectivity between koala habitats, the bushland connections need to be at least 50 metres wide. #government #koalafacts #property
The ABC‘s Catalyst aired a piece featuring Dr Dan Lunney, John Lemon and Dr Ian Wallis talking about how climate change will effect koalas. Go to Catalyst for more. #government #koalafacts #news #video
Fragmentation of Koala Habitat, Gold Coast, Queensland At Koala Land, we want to work together with developers to establish new ways of building in koala habitat. One of the biggest problems with current ways of developing land is that small patches of koala habitat are disconnected from other areas of habitat. Koalas do move large distances by ground, and one of the main reasons they do this is to avoid inbreeding. Sadly, when patches of koala habitat are fragmented, inbreed
Image Source: http://naturalscience.com/ns/articles/01-04/ns_hll.html This says so much to me… Only a few mammals have fingerprints – us humans, primates and koalas. Koala fingerprints are so similar to human fingerprints that even with an electron microscope, it’s quite difficult to tell them apart. What’s amazing is that koala prints seem to have evolved independently. On the evolutionary tree of life, primates and modern koalas’ marsupial ancestors branched apart 70 milli
Koala habitat clearing, Pimpama. Photo: Mark Gerada We have imposed a human landscape on their world, and koalas are taking no notice of that because they don’t recognise boundaries. In the end, all koalas need is trees, and they need to get to trees without having to deal with cars, dogs and fences. We need to tame the ever expanding urban footprint – draw the lines now!