Friday, September 23, 2011

Where have the koalas gone?

Julie puts it quite simply and stylishly here.

I will simplify it even further although less elegantly. Since white man arrived in Australia, the koala population has dropped from ten million to 43,000 because we have chopped all their trees down.

I think that is why the phrase 'no brainer' was invented.


  1. AS well up until the 1940's young men used to use than for target practice for fun!!! Because there were so many of them

  2. Too little trees, too many developments, too many cars, too many Drop Bears gnawing on koalas.

  3. Hello Andrew:
    This is a frightening statistic and one of which we had no idea. What if anything, is being done to reverse this dreadful situation?

  4. Hi Andrew,
    There are still some country towns where people complain of lack of sleep during the koala mating season.

    Perhaps the distance between these koala friendly environments helps quarantine them from chlamydia infections etc, so the smaller populations might be a mixed blessing just for now.

  5. And yet the SA government put up a proposal to cull them from Kangaroo Island where they were becoming pests!! Go figure ...

  6. Did not know that MC. Horrible.

    Jayne, I am loathe to correct you as you are usually right about such matters, but drop bears don't attack koalas. Maybe you are in the pay hand of Tourism Australia, but sorry, they normally only attack humans. Our indigenous folk have long been attacked but also know how to deal with them. Sadly we whities are often victims. But then we do avoid them better than o/s tourists. Never bothered to enquire? Are drop bears related to koalas?

    JayLa, I am as astonished at the figure as you are surprised. I am sceptical of the figure, but whether it was ten million or two million, it matters little. We have destroyed their habitats. Apparently they were sport to shoot!!! Their numbers are stable now, but they are colonised without tree linkages to the next patch. This has led to inbreeding, sexually transmitted diseases and fighting. Koalas are not a threatened species, but it astonishes me as to how many there used to be.

    Fruitcake, I remember them vividly at Cowes on Phillip Island where Mother took a holiday house each year next to a golf course. It was not a pleasant sound.

    Red, nature for koalas is very out of sync. We have these protected areas and then we wonder why they overbreed. A koala in every gum tree in every backyard is what we should aim for.

  7. I don't think there's enough conclusive evidence to prove whether or not drop bears attack koalas.

    From what I've heard they're very elusive creatures.

    I like your idea of having a koala in every gum tree in every backyard.

  8. Dina, just because you and your family did not see one during your visits doesn't mean you won't next time. Just remain alert and you'll be fine. It's when you are in city areas and think you are safe that you are most vulnerable. Perhaps at times koalas do receive 'collateral' damage. There must be some stats somewhere.