The seedlings are located at a plantation on the Maria River and donated to the Koala Hospital. Here they grow not just local trees but also for koalas in other areas of the state where fires have destroyed habitats and for sick and injured koalas that are in the hospital’s ICU, rehabilitation and permanent care with koalas that cannot be released due to their injuries or disease. Today, Norm and I worked on the trees that have been there 2-3 & 4 years to remove mass saplings from tree trunks so the healthiest saplings can grow without being stunted or strangled by the multiple saplings. Mass saplings can also become a moisture trap becoming vulnerable for bug infestation. Because these branches need to be at a reachable height by leaf/branch collectors, we try and keep the new sprout to grow outward and slightly downward. Once the tree is too high, it becomes an OH&S issue for the volunteers collecting the daily leaf required.
The koala is a national icon on the path to extinction. Or is it? Professor Tim Flannery investigates the story behind the headlines, meeting researchers working to understand the threats koalas face, and how we can avoid them. Watch Tuesday 16 Feb, 8.30pm.
After Tuesday night, the film will be available to watch on-demand at ABC’s iview or their website.
Please Note: This is the Australian ABC and Australian Eastern Summer time.
Ringo fell down in the August winds and I’ve had him resting in a corner while I work out what to do with him. With a gaping hole in his mid section, a broken leg and a missing eye he needs critical attention. Sadly many of the smaller pieces were shattered so finely they have blown away.
Unlike the real koala I helped to rescue on the weekend from behind a block of units – checked over and released in a safer place, Ringo cannot be saved. 😦
However, I’ve decided to use him as a planter and find a place for him in the garden.
One question I’m repeatedly asked as a tour guide at the Koala Hospital is: what does a koala feel like to touch? Well, there’s very few volunteers that have the training to work directly with the koalas so I had no idea how to answer until I had the importunity to pat one at the nearby Billabong zoo.
It’s finally happened. A new Category named 🐨 Koala Antics has been created for koala lovers everywhere. I’m not sure how often I’ll post in Koala Antics but be sure to let me know if I don’t post often enough.