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Desley Whisson
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Taking stock...
I have not blogged since January. Sadly, this reflects the lack of blog-worthy news about Cape
Otway’s koalas. The government’s plan to address the problems at the Cape has
met with partial success. Most of the radio collared koalas that were
translocated i...
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2016... off to a blazing start
Translocating koalas always will be a risky
business. Although many of the risks can be mitigated through careful choice of
animals and translocation site, it is impossible to make accurate long-term
predictions of extreme weather events, and where lightnin...
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Feeling uneasy....
Two weeks ago, the government started translocating koalas from Cape Otway to a location somewhere near Lorne. I have observed this with mixed and somewhat uneasy feelings. Translocation is the only way to rapidly reduce the Cape Otway koala population and ...
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Culling koalas? Who would dare suggest such a thing?
Interestingly enough, some Queensland and New South Wales researchers have just published a paper suggesting that koalas be culled. Not just any koalas though; just those that are suffering terminal effects of Chlamydia and transmitting this disease to heal...
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Eavesdropping on koalas
Thanks to the generosity of Wildlife Acoustics , we will soon be eavesdropping on koala conversations in a number of different sites in the Otways. Wildlife Acoustics has provided me with some Songmeters that I will be deploying in a number of sites in the ...
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To translocate or not to translocate?
This is a question that is currently in the spotlight. In my opinion, translocation should ONLY be undertaken as a last resort when: reducing the koala population in an area is critical to saving habitat, and it is likely that translocated koalas will have ...
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Government announces imminent management actions for Cape Otway koalas
Today, the Victorian government issued a media release about upcoming management actions for koalas at Cape Otway. The program will involve checking the health of 300 to 400 koalas, euthanasing any koalas found to be in poor condition, and initiating a stud...
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Choosing mates.... size, age, or persistence?
Remarkably little is known about the love
life of koalas. Are they fussy about who they mate with, or is it simply a case
of a male being in the right place at the right time?…. and by ‘right time’ I
mean when the female is receptive. This breeding season w...
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Beast
RIP Beast I was sad to learn that 'Beast' was one of the 29 koalas euthanased during the last round of health checks of koalas at the Cape. Sad, but not necessarily surprised. Beast was an old fellow of around 12 years of age. He was looking a bit the worse...
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