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Koalas seek shelter trees during hot weather

Koalas shield themselves from extreme weather events by sheltering in trees different to those they feed on, new research has shown.

Biologists discovered that in order to survive extreme heat and drought, Koalas need the right combination of shelter trees and eucalyptus trees.

The study used GPS signals to track 40 koalas living around farmland in north western New South Wales and found that during hot weather koalas showed a preference for bigger trees with dense foliage, situated in cooler low-lying areas.

The results have implications for preserving koala populations and could impact the development of land management practices.

Read more at University of Sydney

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  1. Jason Richard

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    I had the privilege of radio-tracking a population of Koalas in far north-eastern NSW in the 1990’s. In a fragmented landscape, individuals often made use of exotic trees including Camphor laurel (Cinnamomum camphora) as a shelter tree or took refuge in dense stands of exotic Pine trees. Presumably before extensive land clearing in the region, Koalas sheltered in areas of more dense vegetation (or areas supporting tree species with dense foliage) adjacent to preferred foraging habitat.