What can I do to help our koalas?
You can play an important part in helping to keep our koalas safe. Our research team are amazing, but they can’t be everywhere. They need your help.
By joining Redlands Coast Koala Watch you can help improve the health and wellbeing of our local koala population.
After you join, you can report any koala sightings online. We’ll also teach you how to check if the koala is ill or injured and get help if needed. Your data will be used to help our research team improve koala mapping, increase understanding of koala movements and develop conservation projects.
Visit the Redland Coast Koala Watch page to find out more about how the program works or to join today.
Be aware when driving
Speed is one of the biggest killers of koalas and people. Please slow down when driving and be wildlife alert, particularly at dawn and dusk when koalas often travel and can be difficult to see.
Take note of any ‘koala zones’ in your area and slow down if you see the flashing koala road signs – these areas have a high concentration of koala activity.
Secure your pets
If you have a dog ensure that it is both trained and secured at night or when you’re not home. Always walk your dog on a lead when not in a designated, enclosed dog off-leash area. Even a friendly or curious dog can accidentally harm a koala. For more information check out Leave It for dog training tips.
Create a koala-friendly yard
Koalas often travel through urban backyards, but there are many threats lurking. Make sure that your yard is safe for koalas.
Make a fence escape
Put a post or pole that is at least 10cm thick against the fence so koalas have a safe escape route from any enclosed yard.
Install a pool escape
If you don’t have a beach style pool, install a scamper ramp in the pool, this may also save your pet from drowning. If you don't want to buy one, have a go at making one yourself.
Provide stepping stone trees
Retain and plant trees in your yard. Any tree will allow a koala to rest or move safely through your yard. We call these stepping stone trees and they are an important part of koala habitat. Koalas have been spotted locally taking a break in palms, wattles and poincianas.
Plant koala food trees. Eucalyptus seeana and robusta can be maintained at a shorter height to suit smaller backyards. Free koala food trees are available at IndigiScapes Nursery.
Become a partner
If your property is suitable, you can join one of our voluntary Environmental Partnerships programs. Council will provide support and advice in creating a wildlife-friendly yard.
What should I do if I see a sick or injured koala?
A number of koalas are found each year with diseases such as conjunctivitis and cystitis, or injuries from dogs and vehicles.
Symptoms of a sick or injured koala include:
- eyes are inflamed, red, puffy, crusty and/or weeping
- very dirty or wet bottom
- signs of injury such as cuts and blood
- very skinny
- not using all four limbs when climbing or walking
- staying low down in the same tree for more than a couple of days
- sitting at the base of a tree for an extended period (if they look alert and healthy they may just be resting for a few minutes, wait at a distance and see if they move on).
If you see a koala with these symptoms or behaviours, please call the Redlands 24-hour Wildlife Rescue Service immediately on (07) 3833 4031. Do not try and rescue the koala yourself, you may unintentionally stress or injure the koala further.
Find out interesting facts about our local koalas on our koala wildlife page.
Check out our Koala Conservation Program page to find out what Council is doing to help koalas.
See if you live in or near one of our Koala Safe Neighbourhoods and if there are any ambassador koalas hanging out nearby.