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WILD LIFE Conservation Fund

Koala Research

04 Jan 2018 14:40:32

WILD LIFE Conservation Fund - Koala Research

 

WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo has been supporting the University of Sydney with various research opportunities involving our koalas in exhibit.

Using funds collected at the koala coin spinner located at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, the WILD LIFE Conservation Fund has deposited $2000 towards this appeal bringing the fund to their target of $5000 before the cut off on the 31st of January 2018. 

These funds will go towards setting up more ‘Blinky Drinkers’ in threatened koala communities and better understand how we can help our koalas face the problem of a changing climate.

Most recently The University of Sydney have appealed to the public for support towards research on the field. The study involves being able to quantify the use of free water by koalas in the wild using koala drinkers installed at the base of trees in known koala populations. You may be confused by the aim of this study as we all know that koalas can receive water predominantly via their food - leaves from various eucalyptus species. However, most recently Postdoctoral Research Associate Valentina Mella has uncovered a worrying trend as koalas are changing their behaviour to cope with rising temperatures by drinking water from free sources.  

If you would like to donate or find out more click here. Funds will go towards vet costs, GPS monitoring and leaf monitoring in addition to drinker installation.

And if you’re interested keeping up with the University of Sydney’s Koala research program please look up the ‘University of Sydney Koala Research’ on Facebook.

 Thanks for your continuous support!