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2021 - year SEVEN of daily sighting, observation and photography

During 2021 I have been thankful to see more recovery from the drought and fires of 2019. The progress is too slow for my comfort, but it is progress.

Climate change continues to impact how koala numbers are declining as they struggle to survive in an ever changing landscape. Through my work to restore habitat and observe and record the koalas I strive to bring awareness to you all. We can change what is happening together.

There were a total of 969 adult sightings. This takes the daily average from 1.9 koalas per day in 2020 to 2.7 koalas per day in 2021 . This is a welcome increase in the numbers that we were trending towards in 2020, and there is a lot more work to be done.

During the dispersion (from July each year), new koalas began moving through and onto the property each year.  This is particularly important for the re-stabilising of the colony over the next 1 – 2 years and maintaining genetic diversity.
These days of sightings were the result of activity on the property by 31 individual adult/independent koalas.
16 of these 31 koalas were males and 15 females.  How exciting would it be to see even more females in 2022?

Interestingly, I saw no koalas with disease this year.

The kindy has been host to 15 koalas for different reasons during this year.  This is another way Koala Gardens assists saving koalas.  The kindy was kindly funded by ifaw and  FOK and koalas are in the kindy under the rescue and rehabilitation licence of FOK.

So now get settled and enjoy looking back over the 31 koalas that lived on, or came through Koala Gardens during 2021.

You can watch them all on YouTube with the link below giving you all the video released in 2021.

MATILDA

was seen here a whopping 220 times. That is nearly 2 out of every 3 days.

 Just look at the gorgeous roundness of her.

She is a joy to watch eating as she loses herself in the joy of munching through those leaves. 

She has lots of video at YouTube and even has her very own playlist below.

 

Matilda sitting in a forest red gum tree. Facing right, she is looking over her right shoulder towards the camera. Her grey furred rump with its white markings is prominent .
Large male koala Bullet is seen holding on to the branch of a eucalyptus tree. With a background of leaves he is facing left but his full face is visible. His eyes are closed and the tear in his left caused when he ripped out an identification tag can be seen clearly.

BULLET

was here 146 days which is a lot of sightings and what a joy he is to behold.

Bullet survived an incident with a dog and is easily identified by his nose pattern and what a good looking fella he is! I often see him from my kitchen window, what a treat.

He has lots of video at YouTube and even has his very own playlist below.

 

ELLIE

was seen here 120 times, so nearly as often as I saw Bullet.

However, she spends her time high in the top of trees in areas 10 and 11. She is a little younger than Matilda and those ears are adorable.

She has lots of video at YouTube and even has her very own playlist below.


 

A close up of Ellie in a forest red gum tree. Her large ears, dark nose and sharp claws are showcased as she holds on to the tree trunk in front of her to the left of the photo with her left front paw. This partially obscures her face as she looks over her left shoulder to camera. Her eyes are open, although only her left eye can be seen, her right being covered by her left arm as she digs her claws into the tree trunk.
A full face close up of dark furred, young male koala Jesse as he looks to camera. His eyes are partially open. His dark nose and white chin feature prominently in the image.

JESSE

was seen 68 times after his amazing Houdini style escapes from the kindy and the soft release.

That face is adorable and he won all our hearts.

I like to believe that he found his own space in this area to live Wild and Free.

He has his own YouTube playlist below, you won’t believe this scraggly fella.

 

LUNA

First joey, daughter of Phoenix. Third generation born here at Koala Gardens. She was spotted 55 times after she became independent of her mum.

How amazing is she? That round face and dark fur just makes my heart smile.

He has her own YouTube playlist below, see her in all her glory. Live well, Wild and Free beautiful girl.

Young female koala Luna sits in the fork of a tree facing right. Holding on to a this vertical branch with her left front paw she looks over her left shoulder. She is awake and alert but not focused on the camera. A red tag is just visible in the fur of her right ear, contrasting with her mid-grey fur.
Facing left against a background of leaves and looking over his left shoulder to camera, alpha male Hugo is sitting on a semi vertical branch in forest red gum tree. His eyes are open and his large round face looks alert.

HUGO

was only seen 47 times.

He wasn’t seen for many months after the breeding season, but then suddenly he was back again. Alpha males have to move around a lot and work hard. Just look at the size and strength of this fella. Marvellous!

He has his own YouTube playlist below so you can enjoy all his antics.

 

PHOENIX

was only seen 27 times all year.

But when you consider that she raised her first joey, Luna, and then left her here to become independent, I guess we will forgive her for not always being around.

She is a huge, strong koala, and the only female to have a joey this year.

She has her own YouTube playlist below, check her out.

 

Facing left adult female koala Phoenix is in in a forest red gum tree holding onto the semi-vertical branch in front of her, She is looking over her left shoulder. Her eyes are open and she looks alert.

The Kindy enclosure at Koala Gardens is used for 2 main reasons.
Firstly to help with the final rehabilitation stages of koalas that have had serious head or limb injuries. They are able to completed physiotherapy and observations here.
Secondly, orphaned koalas that are ready to test out their readiness for the wild come here and spend a few weeks learning some vitals skills. After a successful stay here, they go on to release.

Enjoy some time watching various videos of visitors to the kindy through this playlist.

Facing right and surrounded by leaves and branches, young male koala Stark is sitting a koala in a forest red gum tree looking over his right shoulder to camera. His eyes are open and his young face is alert. A red tag can be seen in his left ear.

STARK

spent time in the kindy learning to climb real trees and make decisions.

He did very well in the small wild kindy area and was successfully released back near where he was born.

Do well out there young lad, wild and free now!

HOWIE

was here for 23 days in the Kindy enclosure.

He was such a character. This photo was taken within an hour of him being released into the kindy area.

Just look at how laid back he is already, taking ownership and checking out the menu.

He left the kindy to be released with Stark, back out into the wild where he belongs.

 

facing left and surrounded by leaves and branches, young male koala Howie is in a forest red gum tree holding onto the trunk in front of him with three paws. His right arm is reaching out behind him as he turns to select leaves for a meal. His eyes are open and he looks alert as he goes about his task.
A close up of dark grey male koala Swifty in a forest red gum tree , looking over his right shoulder to camera. A red tag can be seen in his right ear. His eyes are open and his young face looks alert.

SWIFTY

 

was here for 21 days, and always in the Kindy enclosure.

Swifty had a complex start to life, losing his mum early. He spent a long time in care, firstly with just one home carer as his needs were so many and complex.

He graduated through the levels of care and did well here.

Sadly, he then took a turn for the worse and despite all efforts, he was lost to some complex infections.

Trying to save koalas is hard work, and can be heart breaking.

 

KOLA

always had such a great fun look on her face.

Wouldn’t you love to see how big she must be now?

She did very well here and graduated to go out and be released into the wild.

Live long and well Kola and may you have many healthy joeys during your life.

 

Shown against a background of leaves and facing right, young female koala Kola is sitting in a tree on a narrow semi-vertical branch, looking over her right shoulder to camera. Her eyes are open and ger young face looks alert. A red tag is visible in her right ear.
A close up of young male koala Carlisle in a forest red gum tree looking over his left shoulder to camera. His eyes are open and he looks alert. The shading of his grey fur is visible as is the pink pigmentation of his nose pattern. His large , fluffy ears are shown. He has a red tag in his left ear.

CARLISLE

was one of those that sticks in my mind.

Just look at that nose pattern he has.

He had a hard start to his life, but with a lot of care and attention he made it to test his skills here in the kindy.

He quickly showed us that he knows what a koala should do, and thrived.

He was successfully released into the wild.

BARLEY

was here for 16 days, and always in the Kindy enclosure.

He was like a little round grain seed too, just like his name.

But don’t let looks deceive. He was tenacious and loved being able to leap about in the trees and fresh air.

He graduated well from the kindy and went on to be released as a wild and free koala. Live well mate!

 

Shown against a background of leaves and sky and facing left, young male koala Barley is in a tree, holding onto a narrow semi-vertical branch with all four paws. He is looking slightly over his left shoulder to camera, giving a full view of his young, alert face. He has a red tag in his left ear.
Against a background of leaves, sky and branches, young male koala Cupid has his back to camera. He is holding into the tree trunk in front of him with three paws, his left arm is stretched to hold onto a branch to his left. he is looking over his left shoulder to camera. His eyes are open and he looks alert. His large fluffy ears feature prominently, he has a red tag in his left ear.

CUPID

was here for 16 days, and always in the Kindy enclosure.

Just look at those ears!  

He looks like he could almost take off flying, especially when he would leap from one branch to another.

It is so rewarding to watch these young koalas gain so much independence out here and get ready for the wild.

TEMPLETON

was always a fairly quiet little lad while here.

The night cameras showed that he was doing everything right and moving about all time. This is always so good to see.  Many of these young koalas are in care for a year or more. 

That means that the final release is truly a celebration.

A close up of young male koala Templeton in a forest red gum tree. He is facing forward and looking slightly down. His eyes are open and he looks relaxed. There is a red tag in his left ear.
A close up of young male koala Webster is in a forest red gum tree. Facing left, he is holding onto a narrow vertical branch in front of him. He is looking slightly over his left shoulder, giving a view of the left side of his face and his dark nose and pale chin. His eyes are open and he looks relaxed. Both of his large, fluffy ears can be seen.

WEBSTER

was here for 15 days, and always in the Kindy enclosure.

He is another young fella with a great nose pattern and wonderful set of flapping ears.

He did all we could hope for here in the kindy trees and was successfully released to the wild again.

FARO

was here for 15 days, and always in the Kindy enclosure.

He was hit by a car and suffered a head injury. 

He spent nearly 4 months in hospital and there were a few times we were not sure that he would make it.

He came to the kindy to be observed by night cameras to ensure his vision was perfect, that his brain had healed (that he could walk a straight line) and that he was coping with climbing and making decisions.

He passed with flying colours and look at that face. What a joy.

He was successfully released back into the wild and we wish him the longest life of health.

 

A close up of the face of young, pale grey male koala Faro in a forest red gum tree , looking over his left shoulder to camera. His eyes are open and he looks alert.
Facing left and shown against a background of leaves and sky female koala Jamie is sitting in a forest red gum tree holding onto the vertical branch in front of her with her feet. She is looking over her left shoulder to camera. A large circle of fur has been shaved from around her left eyes socket, which has been stitched closed. Her right eye is open and she looks relaxed. The pink pigmentation of her nose pattern can be seen, covering a large part of her dark nose.

JAMIE

was here for 14 days, and always in the Kindy enclosure.

She was also hit by a car, and lost her left eye as a result.

She had a pinky attached to the teat in her pouch, and with all that happened, even the young one survived.

When she came here nearly 2 months later, she had a wriggling pouch bulge.

The cameras showed that she was coping well with only one eye. One issue can be depth perception, but she moved regularly from tree to tree. She was even seen jumping without a hitch several times.

I can’t describe the joy in saving both a big healthy mum and her joey, and being able to release them back into the wild.

I hope she goes on to produce many more joeys.

 

WILBUR

really had a bad run for a year or so.

He was brought into care in 2020 at only 1 kg. After some time in care he was released looking terrific, but was found again only a month later in very poor condition.

So back into care he came. He could put weight on, then lose it again and was a little baffling. Sometimes we don’t know exactly why one young one fails to thrive so well. But we continue on.

Again he was released, and again he was found poorly a month later.

He spent a further 3 months in care. After his last release we haven’t seen him so we hope he has managed well this time and is living his best life.

Against a background of leaves and partially obscured by branches, young male koala Wilbur is facing forward to camera. His eyes are open and his young face looks alert. His right arm is crossed in front of his and holding a branch to his left. The fur has been shaved from his right forearm. A red tag is just visible in the fur of his left ear.
Against a background of leaves, female koala Killara is sitting in the fork of a tree, looking backwards to camera over her left shoulder. Her eyes are open and she looks alert. Her large, fluffy ears are prominent.

KILLARA

was only seen here 10 times.

What a beauty she is, don’t you think?

She looks a lot like Ellie, but her nose pattern identifies her easily.

A beautiful young girl with big ears. She came onto the property during the dispersion time. I did not see her for 10 consecutive days, but during the time she was here, she made her way across the property and off again.

I like to think she is now living wild and free, and who knows, maybe she left here with a joey!

 

ASH

was only seen 9 times.

Ash has been awesome to follow because he would just pop into the property, pretty much once a month.

When he first came through here in April 2020, he was a juvenile.

Over the past year or more he has grown significantly and is beautiful big boy.

I often think of him and like to imagine that he lives very close by, even if he doesn’t pop into the eastern side of the property any more.

He was always seen only in trees along the eastern boundary, so it’s very possible, even likely that he not far away.

Live long mate and produce lots of joeys to keep our koalas going.

 

Male Koala Ash sitting in the fork of a tree, with a background of leaves. facing right, he is looking over his shoulder to camera.
Surrounded and partially obscured by leaves and branches, young female koala Nina is sitting in a fork in a tree, facing forward. Her eyes are open and she looks relaxed. The white fur on her rump is clearly visible.

NINA

 was only seen 8 times and I wish she had stayed around more.

Nina was only around 3.5 kg when she came through, so she would have separated from her mum during the past months.

She always seemed to have a real mischievous twinkle in her eye. I’m a little partial to the dark coated koalas too, so she always caught my attention.

She came through during the dispersion time.  Look at that broad white bottom – just what we want to see on our koala girls!

I hope she lives long and produces many beautiful joeys.

 

FEY

Arrived on Christmas Eve 2020, was here for 7 days into 2021, and always in the Kindy enclosure.

She was a delightful addition to the kindy rehabilitation enclosure and was one of the most relaxed girls I’ve seen in there.

Notice what a pretty pale grey colour she is?

She did very well in here, and graduated to be released back into the wild.

Facing right and surrounded and partially obscured by leaves and branches, young female koala Fey is sitting in a forest red gum tree. She is looking downwards over her right shoulder. She is holding a narrow vertical branch in front of her with both front paws. She looks relaxed.
Against a background of leaves, and facing left, young female koala Meggs is balanced in a fork in a tree. She is holding onto a vertical branch in front of her with her right front paw. Her left arm and leg are dangling free. She is looking over her left shoulder to camera. Her eyes are open and she looks alert.

MEGGS

Arrived on Christmas Eve 2020, was here for 7 days into 2021, and always in the Kindy enclosure.

She was a buddy with Fey this time, but she was also here in 2020.

She did not do so well in the wild after her first release, so was brought back into care.

In 2021 she came back into care with her first joey, Keogh.

She had developed a respiratory infection and was in a terrible way. Unfortunately she did not survive as the damage internally from the infection was widespread.

It is a comfort that she was able to produce one joey, but losing a female is always incredibly sad.

BLOOM

Arrived on Christmas Eve 2020, was here for 7 days into 2021, and always in the Kindy enclosure.

Bloom came in with Meggs, Ivy and Fey. What a holiday period it was to have 4 beautiful females here.

She did really well in the kindy and graduated to be released back into the wild.

Live well and long beautiful girl.

 

Young female koala Bloom is obscured by the trunk of a forest red gum tree. Only part of the right side of face is shown as she peers round the tree. The claws of her right hand are digging into the rough bark of the tree trunk.
A tight close up of the face of dark furred young female koala Ivy. Her eyes are open and she looks alert. The white fur on her chin contrasts with her large, dark nose and mostly dark fur.

IVY

Arrived on Christmas Eve 2020, was here for 7 days into 2021, and always in the Kindy enclosure.

Ivy was the fourth girl to be here in the kindy over the holiday and new year period.

Easily identified because she is such a lovely dark girl.

She was always a bit more aloof and independent from the others in the kindy.

She graduated brilliantly and was released back into the wild.

Great success story.

EMMA

was only here 6 days, but she made them all count.

Look at that awesome nose pattern she has.

During that time she had some close encounters with both Bullet and Hugo.

Spoiler alert – she comes back in 2022 with a joey and the math works out!

She has her own YouTube playlist, you can see the story for yourself.

 

Female koala Emma sits in a forest red gum tree. The close up of her face, partially obscured by a thin branch and a leaf, shows her looking alert and directly to camera. Her eyes are open and look focused, her nose pattern is visible, showing a pink outline around almost all of both nostrils.
Surrounded by leaves and branches and against a background of blue sky, young, pale grey male koala Bobby is in a forest red gum tree. Facing forward he is holding onto the narrow branches in front of him with both feet and his right hand. He is looking ahead through the branches, his eyes are open and he looks relaxed.

BOBBY

was only here 4 times.

What a round and chubby fella he is.

He arrived when there were a few youngsters in the kindy and spent 3 days hanging out near the enclosure. Maybe he liked the company, as he was a similar size to them!  

He left the property but came back through a few months later, looking big and healthy and way up high in a red gum.

I bet he is one huge fella now living out there wild and free.

BELA

was only here a total of 3 days.

What an addition she would have made – she is stunning.

Notice she has a wonderful nose pattern, and those ears.

She moved through the easter area of the property heading north.

I hope she lives long, wild and free producing many joeys.

Against a background of leaves, young female koala Bela is peering round the trunk of a forest red gum tree to her left. her eyes are open and her young face looks alert. She has large, fluffy ears. The white fur on her chin and chest contrasts with her mostly mid-grey fur.
Juvenile male koala Rocket holding on to a vertical branch of a forest red gum tree. Facing left, his head is turned to face the camera, his face is partially obscured by leaves.

ROCKET

 

was only seen 3 times. He is a juvenile and stumbled into Bullet’s area, twice.

Both times, he did have some altercations with Bullet.  Young males have a lot to learn when they start dispersing and looking for a home to make for themselves.

I hope he found somewhere that allows him lots of good food trees and some girls as well. 

He is a real stunning fella to look at, so live long out there in the wild mate.

FABIO

was only seen here once.

He was also here just once in 2020. 

He is a lovely dark coated fella, with big ears and a twinkle in his eye.

He was seen up at the top of the ridge near the south western boundary of the property.

I hope he has found a home with lots of food and girls too.

Live well out there in the wild mate.

Dark furred male koala Fabio is in a forest red gum tree, partially obscured by branches. Facing right, he is holding onto a narrow branch in front of him with his left hand. His eyes are open, he looks relaxed.

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