Four tips to spot koalas in the wild
Even if koalas are all around you, they can be hard to spot in a tree. The best time to look for koalas is early mornings and late afternoons - when they are more likely to be active. Here are four top tips on how to see koalas in the trees.
1. Look up in the trees
Koalas prefer gum trees so they can hang out and munch on their favourite leaves. It sounds pretty obvious but look for slow and sleepy koalas high up in eucalyptus trees.
2. Two parallel scratches mark the spot
Koalas have two thumbs on each hand with long claws that grip tree branches and help climb into their mother’s pouch. Look for two lines parallel at an angle above smaller random scratches on tree trunks for a sign that koalas have climbed the tree.
3. Look for little fur-balls between branches
Look in the forks of a tree for resting koalas or look up high for round and lumpy shapes in the upper branches of gum trees. If your walk takes you back in the direction you have already come, scan the same trees again because it might just be the different angle that helps you see a koala bottom in a tree.
4.Poop on the ground could mean koalas around
Koala poo is a bullet-like in shape and ranges from dark to light brown in colour when fresh. Look for koala poop at the base of tress for a sign that there could be koalas in the tree above or surround trees.
And if you see a koala climbing, walking on the ground, or jumping to a neighbouring tree consider yourself very lucky.
How to help protect koalas
- Choose to see koalas in the wild where they belong.
- Koala homes need your help. Join a local group and plant koala-friendly trees and use your voice to defend important koala habitats.
- If you see an injured koala, call the RSPCA or local animal rescue group immediately. If you are unsure who that is, contact a local vet
Holding or cuddling a captive koala even at a zoo or sanctuary is not permitted anywhere in Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania, and the Northern Territory.
Together, we can move the Queensland government to implement a ban on captive koala cuddles in the sunshine state too.