The fate of nature underpins our economy and health. Yet in the election campaign to date, there’s been a deafening silence about it.
Like the lazy koala, the reason sloths go slow has a lot to do with what they eat.
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A detailed map of the koala genome is vital to understanding their susceptibility to disease, their genetic diversity, and how they may respond to new environmental pressures.
The federal government has ordered a national koala audit, but the animals are notoriously difficult to detect. But accurately counting koalas is critical to saving them.
Koalas are notoriously difficult to detect. Traditional methods are costly and labour intensive. So we found a more efficient way to locate koalas in eastern NSW, using drones.
The Berejiklian government must step up to the challenge of saving koalas in NSW from their predicted fate: extinction in the wild by 2050.
Researchers expected to find koalas killed by the fires. But they were heartbroken to find those that died afterwards from starvation, thirst or injury.
Koalas have long featured in tourism ads, including this new one from Tourism Australia. Amid our bushfire crisis, this digital ad has been ‘paused’.
Koalas take a starring role in Australian tourism advertising – but what happens when our primary image of this animal is one of pain and destruction?
Distinctive pigmentation patterns around the nostrils allows people on the ground to reliably recognise individual koalas.
Did you know koalas rub noses to say hello?
Koalas are facing serious threats in the wild.
It’s hard to say exactly how many koalas are in the wild, but there’s no doubt they’re in serious trouble.
Koalas spend a large part of the day sleeping - while their digestive enzymes get to work.
The koala genome, published today, gives us new and valuable information to aid conservation of this marsupial. It identifies special genes that evolved to adapt the koala to its unique lifestyle.
Koala numbers are in decline through increased urbanisation, but they can find a safe passage if one’s provided.
Koala numbers in parts of Australia are in decline as they move from development of their land. But they can learn to take safer routes if they are built as part of the urban design.
The fate of this koala could depend on some clever computer modelling.
Computer modelling can help predict where a species will best survive, especially those affected by climate change.
Koalas are again in the firing line. But should diseased animals be culled for the greater good?
Research has shown that culling koalas could help stop the spread of deadly chlamydia. But how open will Australians be to killing one our favourite animals?
One of four koalas on loan to Singapore Zoo, where they were unveiled to the public on Wednesday May 20.
Four female koalas have just made their debut in front of an adoring public at Singapore Zoo – the latest in a long line of animals used for diplomatic purposes, going back to Winston the platypus.
Recent increases in land clearing threaten Queensland’s biodiversity.
Land clearing in Queensland has tripled since 2010 after wind backs to regulations.
Koalas have embraced tree trunks as a handy cooling mechanism during summer.
Keeping cool during summer can be difficult, but new research published in Biology Letters shows that koalas cope with high temperatures in an unusual way – by hugging trees. Researchers used thermal imaging…
A koala at Trinity Beach in far north Queensland.
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It was a breath of fresh air when, in 2012, the federal government listed koalas as being “vulnerable” in Queensland, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory under national environment law…
Palaeontologists from the University of New South Wales have discovered an extinct species of koala that lived in northern…
In a world-first project, Australian researchers have mapped koala genomes. A partnership between QUT and the Australian…