By: Michael Fox

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Blood curdling Koala

August to January is Koala breeding season with most young (called a joey) born over the summer months.

That means I am receiving an increasing number of reports of Koala sightings like Sue’s report:

“I was awoken at 4 am by a dreadful noise in our yard – blood curdling screaming. Couldn’t get back to sleep. At 5 am the local birds let me know some ‘foreign’ creature was still around.

I took this photo of a Koala which had just leapt off our back terrace into one of our gums.  He was roaring loudly as he ascended the tree.  He then spent the day sleeping in an adjacent Tallowwood.  He looked well fed and healthy.

Upon later investigation I found Koala fur and droppings all over the terrace.  I wonder whether two Koalas may have been involved.” Sue Jones

The Mt Gravatt Conservation Reserve now has a healthy and growing Koala population. This is a great opportunity for our community and a great responsibility: we have been given a second chance. You can help by:

  • reporting Koala sightings – email photo/s (phone camera is fine – evidence is important not photo quality), approximate location, date and time – email megoutlook@gmail.com
  • keeping dogs inside or chained up at night when Koalas are moving around. Koalas are at particular risk when they come to ground to move around urban backyards.
  • keep your dog on leash walking in the Reserve.
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