What the public can do to help protect koalas in Logan

How to help: Ways the community can assist in the protection of koalas around Logan. Picture: Anthony Brady.
How to help: Ways the community can assist in the protection of koalas around Logan. Picture: Anthony Brady.

The koala is one of Australia's most well known and most loveable native animals, but this hasn't stopped it being a threatened and vulnerable species in Queensland.

Koalas face continued threats to their population due to human settlement and urban expansion, and Logan is no different.

The community are in a position where they can help protect koalas in the local area.

Logan koala carer Samantha Longman has provided her five top conservation tips to keeping the species safe during their breeding season, through a YouTube video on Logan City Council's channel.

"While driving at dusk and dawn please just keep an eye out for [koalas] that are on the move," she said.

"Keep your dog contained overnight, whether that is in a kennel or inside with the family. Please always keep a leash on your dog while walking.

"Create a koala friendly backyard, make your pool safer for koalas and use koala friendly fencing."

Samantha also recommends that people check out council's website to for further information on how you can help koalas.

"If you do come into contact with a koala, please check that it has a nice clean bottom and bright clean eyes," she said.

"Or if there is a koala in distress or in an area that you're unsure about please ring your local wildlife rescue group.

"For all koala sightings, please let council know by either their website or you can call them on 3412 3412."

Koalas are difficult to see, so, to go searching for koalas in Logan, look for these signs that show a koala might be in the area:

  • look for scratch marks on trees, these may also be from goannas or possums,
  • koala scats (poo) around the base of trees (They are bullet-shaped and smell of eucalyptus if they are fresh),
  • listen for the bellow of the male koala during breeding season.

The peak koala breeding season in South East Queensland runs from July to January, and during this period, koalas move around more as young males seek their own home range and breeding adults search for a mate.

Koalas generally live for about 10 to 14 years in the wild, but in urban areas their life span can be reduced due to loss of suitable habitat and threats from dogs, cars and disease.

For more information about koalas in Logan, visit logan.qld.gov.au/koala.