In parks where koala densities are unsustainable, the koalas' source of food, largely Manna Gums, can be over-grazed. This defoliation causes the trees to die, leading mass starvation of the koala population.
Parks Victoria uses three strategies to manage unsustainable koala populations:
- Fertility control – use of contraceptive implants
- Koala relocation
- Habitat manipulation - protection of individual trees
Once populations are at sustainable levels ongoing management is needed to ensure that population sizes are maintained.
Koala management programs are in place at:
- Mount Eccles National Park
- Snake Island
- Raymond Island
- French Island National Park.
OutcomeWhere management programs have been in place over a number of years, monitoring of population levels has shown they are reduced to sustainable levels.
18 Aug 2016
Help celebrate the newly installed interpretive signs along the Merbein Link Trail at Merbein Common with a community BBQ on Sunday 28 August 2016. The signs have been developed by Parks Victoria and Friends of the Merbein Common, Merbein District Historical Society and First Peoples of Millewa-Mallee. The project is…