Help Save our Koalas

MP Koalas conservation group

Martha from Arthurs Seat

Koala in a tree Mornington

Rosie from Rosebud

OUR LOCAL KOALAS

THREATS TO THEIR HABITAT

Our small population of koalas on the Mornington Peninsula is in trouble.

One of the main reasons is habitat loss, due to land clearing and urban development. We only have 18% of native vegetation left on the peninsula and koalas rely solely on leaf from gum trees for food.

A recent study has found 69% of koala habitat is on private property and patches of native vegetation are now not connected well enough for our wildlife to move safely across the landscape.

Our group will endeavor to create corridors of native vegetation to increase koala habitat, however we need everyone to get involved.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP

  • Notify us of any sightings of koalas via our Facebook site.
  • Be aware of koalas while driving (especially at night).
  • Keep dogs on leads.
  • Preserve and plant native trees, especially Manna Gums, Swamp Gums, Messmate and Stringybark.
  • Control invasive weeds such as Ivy, Karamu and Pittosporum which compete with local native trees