THE KOALAS ARE BACK

Koalas had a wonderful home in the Forests of Maroota and Glenorie before the great and terrible fire in 2002. For a long time, they were not seen or heard but in the recent years there have been reports that Koalas are back. A mother Koala with two babies was seen at Forest Glen and there have been reports of sightings from other parts of the Forest.

This is such exciting news that Western Sydney University is working with the Cattai Hills Environment Network (CHEN) on finding evidence of the re-establishment of the Koala Colony in the area. The first stage of this project involves collecting evidence that the Koala population has re-established in the areas surrounding Maroota Forest. The project will begin with setting up of sound recorders and wildlife cameras at locations where Koalas have recently been heard or seen. Looking for Koala scats and scratches will also be part of the project. The University will be seeking help from community members to report any sightings of Koalas, their scats or if you hear their bellowing to the Project Lead, Dr Michelle Ryan, via email to [email protected] westernsydney.edu.au

The Glenorie Progress Association (GPA), The Glenorie Environment Centre and CHEN will be holding a special a Koalas In Their Environment Day when Dr Ryan will come to Glenorie and talk about the project and lots of other things about Koalas. There will be plenty of things for children to do on the day and lots of interesting activities for all. Afternoon tea will be provided, all are welcome.

SO, REMEMBER COMMUNITY KOALA DAY SATURDAY 18th MAY in the GLENORIE MEMORIAL HALL, OLD NORTHERN RD, GLENORIE between 2pm and 4pm.

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