Many koala populations, including Phillip
Island's, are under threat from habitat loss, dog attacks, and cars. As
many populations decline, others, such as those on nearby French
Island, are at risk through overpopulation of their limited habitat.
This leads to over-browsing and destruction of the trees, threatening
the koalas with starvation. Below are some simple things that you can
do to help.
Habitat loss is the greatest threat facing koalas. There is an
urgent need for habitat conservation and restoration, including
wildlife corridors to link isolated patches of habitat.
- Many koalas, including the one pictured, are mauled and
killed by dogs. Don't allow your dog to roam at any time, and restrain
it at night if koalas are likely to use trees on your property.
- Fencing that creates difficult barriers for koalas
increases the likelihood of dog attacks and road kills. If you have
high, smooth fencing around your property, consider growing trees
against the fence to give koalas an escape route. Even a piece of wood
placed at an angle against the fence could solve the problem.
On the road
- Take extra care when animals are most active. Koalas are
active at night, particularly during the mating season between August
and December. Other native species, such as kangaroos and wallabies,
are most active at dawn and dusk.
- Take extra care when driving through well vegetated areas,
especially those areas sign-posted for native animals.
- Be aware of the distance it takes to stop your car at high
- Use high beam when driving at night and slow down if you
need to dip your headlights for other motorists.
- Don't drive if you are fatigued.
- If you do hit a koala or find an injured, sick, or dead
animal, please stop and help. Information on how to assist is available
on the Koala Watch page.