Key Threats to Koalas on the Mornington Peninsula
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.
Habitat fragmentation and the clearing of native vegetation including the removal of gum trees, is the key reason for wildlife decline on the Peninsula.