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Helping Koalas Adapt to New Habitats

FNPW Project Focus:
Threatened Species

Project Partners
FNPW & University of Western Sydney

Location
Great Otway National Park

Thanks to your support, Koalas translocated to new habitats will have better survival rates, due to research into inoculants. These inoculants aim to provide Koalas with the unique gut microbes needed to digest the different defensive chemicals of eucalypts in their new areas. Before this research, over one third of koalas died within twelve months of relocation. Now, the search is underway for an inoculant to help koalas adapt to changed diets, so they can safely be moved from areas in which there are too many of them, to suitable habitats with too few koalas.