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.
25 Jul 2016
Five years after it started, the Bush Kinder program at Coolart Homestead continues to be a great success, thanks to the partnership between Somers Pre-School and Parks Victoria. “I’m still amazed at the joy, confidence and self-esteem I see children experiencing,” says teacher Julie Georgiou. “There are so many natural…