Saturday, July 30, 2011

CANBERRA'S KOALAS


It is interesting to note that Canberra has no Koala Bears. Sad but true, but up until the end of the 19th century (Federation) they were apparently quite plentiful. And then they disappeared, like the Rock Wallaby (locally extinct since the 1950's) after it . Sought after for their skins both were condemned to becoming an historical curiosity. Put simply they were hunted to local extinction.

Having said that Canberra since 1939 has been home to a small population of Koalas imported originally from Victoria and in recent years South Australia. Located at the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, today I believe this population, having received two new residents, now numbers 9.

These two news clippings lamented the loss of the marsupial bear locally 30-40 years prior, about 1900-1910. I think we can be pretty specific about the generations to blame...

The Canberra Times - Tuesday 25 July 1939



The Courier-Mail - Tuesday 25 July 1939



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