Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus)
Surely one of Australia’s most iconic species, the Koala is renowned for its sleepy nature and its love of gum leaves. This remarkable marsupial draws millions of visitors to our nation’s zoos and sanctuaries. But while we marvel at them in these isolated refuges are we missing the bigger picture? Outside of captivity the Koala’s natural habitat is changing rapidly with land-clearing, feral animals, busy roads and climate change shaking the foundations of this species’ continued survival. This is the story of the Koala.
The iconic and lovable koala is a species in trouble! In this latest episode of Back from the Brink we were privileged to speak with Dr Steve Phillips who has spent most of his career learning about these incredible creatures and what we can do to help protect them.
The ‘Back from the Brink’ series is the first of its kind to exhibit a series of short stories about South East Queensland’s most threatened plants and animals, what is happening to them, and how we can save them from extinction. Throughout 2018 we will showcase a plethora of amazing creatures from the Scalloped Hamerhead Shark to giant orchids, as well as the incredible people dedicating their lives to saving them.
If you would like to know more about this project or would like to be involved in some way contact us today.