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Southern Highlands Koala Conservation Project

An intensive study is underway to build information on the Southern Highlands koala population.

The iconic koala is facing more threats to its survival than ever before. In many locations around NSW, koalas are well studied and the threats are known. The koala population of the Southern Highlands is particularly under-studied.

In late 2013, a large fire occurred from Balmoral to Yerrinbool and into the Upper Nepean State Conservation Area. In an effort to move away from the fire, several koalas were hit by cars and killed on a section of the Hume Highway. This highlighted the need to know more about the koalas in the Southern Highlands.

The Office of Environment and Heritage, Wingecarribee Shire Council, the University of Sydney and the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife are working together to build information on the koala population of the Wingecarribee Shire, including where they are living, animal health, the quality of their habitat, threats and how they are moving about the landscape.

This partnership is strengthened by the Southern Highlands community who are reporting sightings to researchers.


An intensive study is underway to build information on the Southern Highlands koala population.

The iconic koala is facing more threats to its survival than ever before. In many locations around NSW, koalas are well studied and the threats are known. The koala population of the Southern Highlands is particularly under-studied.

In late 2013, a large fire occurred from Balmoral to Yerrinbool and into the Upper Nepean State Conservation Area. In an effort to move away from the fire, several koalas were hit by cars and killed on a section of the Hume Highway. This highlighted the need to know more about the koalas in the Southern Highlands.

The Office of Environment and Heritage, Wingecarribee Shire Council, the University of Sydney and the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife are working together to build information on the koala population of the Wingecarribee Shire, including where they are living, animal health, the quality of their habitat, threats and how they are moving about the landscape.

This partnership is strengthened by the Southern Highlands community who are reporting sightings to researchers.


How will this project help to protect koalas in the long term?

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  • What will be achieved from this project?

    over 2 years ago

    There are a number of questions we will be clearer on once the project is completed, including

    • Finding out how many koalas there are in the Southern Highlands and where they live
    • Learning how they move about
    • Discovering the main risks to these koalas such as being hit by a car or disease
    • Identifying which eucalypt trees they like to eat


    But perhaps most important is our goal to spread the word about the koalas of the Southern Highlands and what people can do to help them survive and breed.