Local pioneer koala project

Checking the equipment: Dr Valentina Mella and Angela Baker.
Checking the equipment: Dr Valentina Mella and Angela Baker.

The University of Sydney has been continuing its koala water supplementation study led by Dr Valentina Mella near Gunnedah with support from the North West Local Land Services.

The project is the world's first study into koalas drinking water. There has been a long-held belief that koalas do not need to drink water, but Gunnedah people have often seen evidence to the contrary.

Landholder Robert Frend spends many hours on setting up the drinkers, maintaining them, and collecting the memory cards which take photos. 

Koalas on the property have been micro-chipped and will be recorded when and how often they drink at each water station. The health of these koalas will also be checked.

This research will be used to put together a guide for land managers in how they can set up a watering station for koalas as well.

This project is supported by NSW Government's Catchment Action NSW.