With koala breeding season in full swing, Gold Coasters are being urged to be extra cautious to avoid a spike in koala injuries.
Throughout the breeding season, which runs from July through to January, koala activity and movement on the ground increases which makes them more vulnerable to threats such as vehicle strikes, dogs and disease.
In previous years, koala rescues and admissions to local wildlife hospitals have significantly increased during the breeding season months, as shown in the table below:
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To help keep koalas safe, the City of Gold Coast has teamed up with the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and Wildcare Australia to develop a citywide Koala Conservation Plan.
They have also released some tips for locals to follow to help keep koalas safe:
- Take extra care when driving near koala habitat, especially between dusk and dawn
- Create a koala-friendly backyard to encourage safe movement
- Safely contain your dog at night either inside or in a dog run
- Immediately report a koala that is sick, injured or in danger to Wildcare Australia Inc. by calling 07 5527 2444 (24 hours)
- Report all koala sightings through the City of Gold Coast’s online koala sighting form
Gold Coasters who would also like to be more involved in koala conservation can register to become a Koala Friend here. Membership is free and includes an information pack about koalas and koala conservation, up-to-date information on what is happening in the local koala population and invitations to local koala community events.
For more information, visit cityofgoldcoast.com.au/koalas