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    A guide to koalas at Griffith

    Since 1975, Griffith University has embraced and protected its natural environment and is responsible for the conservation management of almost 180 hectares of forest.

    Our five campuses are home to some of Australia’s most unique native plant and animal species, and we play a key role in maintaining and protecting biodiversity in South East Queensland.

    Koalas in Queensland

    According to the Queensland Government koalas live over a range of open forest and woodland communities, but ultimately their habitat is defined by the presence of a select group of food trees.

    The distribution of koalas covers much of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and a small area in South Australia. In Queensland, the greatest concentration of koalas is in South East Queensland, where Griffith University’s campuses are located.

    Griffith EcoCentre tour of Toohey Forest

    How to spot a koala

    Koalas have poor vision and rely heavily on their other senses. They can sleep for up to 20 hours a day which can make it difficult to spot them moving around their habitat.

    They are mostly active at night (nocturnal) and around dawn and dusk. However, they can be seen moving during the day if they are disturbed, get too hot or cold, or need to find a new tree.

    Because of their dark grey colouring, koalas are often well camouflaged high up above in trees, wedged between branches. Sometimes seeing their droppings (see image below) on the ground is a good indication that a koala is nearby. You can also look out for scratch marks on trees from their sharp claws as they climb.

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