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24-JUL-2012 David

Koala - female

Taken at Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary Victoria

This female happens to be pregnant and is carrying her joey in her pouch it is about seven months old, so we hope to visit the sanctuary again in about six weeks to see the baby being carried on her back.

Following an Australian Federal Government report released earlier this year the government has increased protection of Koalas in Queensland and New South Wales and will be protected under national environmental law and has determined that Koala areas in Western Victoria and South Australia are relatively densely populated, therefore no protection is necessary.

About the Koala population in Victoria:
Compared to other Australian states Victoria has a large and thriving Koala population.
The Otway Coast is one of the best places to see Koalas in the wild. There are many big colonies in and around the coastal towns, so you are guaranteed close sightings.
French Island which is the largest coastal island of Victoria, has the largest population of Koalas in the wild in Victoria. There are also colonies in South Gippsland on Raymond Island and the Strezlecki Ranges and of course Phillip Island.

Koalas are not considered endangered at this time but the greatest threat is habitat loss due to land clearance. Other major threats are dog attacks road trauma and disease.

Canon EOS 40D ,Canon EF 70-200 mm f/4L IS USM
1/160 f/5 at 70.0mm iso400

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Réal Jauvin12-Nov-2018 03:42
Magnifique prise avec de superbes détails et surtout ce bon contact visuel qui donne un plus plus!!
Dave Petersen Photography26-Apr-2015 22:55
A fantastic capture of something I won't find in our trees. The lighting and clarity are excellent. Well shot. Voted
Larry Umthun04-Dec-2012 18:50
Excellent detail and lighting!
Claude Gagnon03-Dec-2012 02:56
So it :)) V
Dennis Sweetman12-Aug-2012 02:15
Excellent shot of this cool looking fellow
Stephen Buckingham10-Aug-2012 15:29
Nice photo. Thanks also for the helpful info.
Jay Levin08-Aug-2012 19:21
Very fine portrait, David.
Vera08-Aug-2012 01:21
Thanks for the info on koalas. we were at the otway coast just before the vic fires and saw them in the wild there in numbers. we loved Raymond Island too just to see these great creatures in the wild.
Janet Forjan-Freedman07-Aug-2012 11:41
Lovely capture!
Jean Chiasson04-Aug-2012 16:47
Great portrait details David vote
Guest 04-Aug-2012 16:06
Fantastic image, David, and thanks for the information.
Tom LeRoy04-Aug-2012 15:13
Sharp and fine details on this amazing Koala, thanks for the information too! V
Torben Jorgensen04-Aug-2012 07:55
Just excellent shot of this beautiful creature. They always look a little grumpy. V
Lieve Snellings04-Aug-2012 00:59
so beautiful David ! V
Jean D04-Aug-2012 00:20
Beautiful capture of this beauty. Thanks for the captioned info, David. ~V
Helen Betts03-Aug-2012 20:37
An excellent portrait of this mother koala with excellent detail, and Healseville is certainly an excellent place to find them and a lot of other delightful creatures. Beautifully captured! V.
Vickie BROWN03-Aug-2012 16:56
Great information and such a lovely mum! V
s_barbour03-Aug-2012 15:13
Magnificent portrait David! V
Guest 03-Aug-2012 13:56
Delightful..adorable...lovable...and cuddly
Claude Gagnon03-Aug-2012 12:14
So lovely :))
Isabel Cutler03-Aug-2012 11:08
Super shot - great fur detail. How lucky you are to be able to study these fascinating creatures.
Stephanie03-Aug-2012 10:12
She is a real beauty! Your photo did her fine justice! BV++
David Hobbs03-Aug-2012 10:02
Fine shot and a beautiful animal. Let's hope things pick up for the future.
Martin Lamoon03-Aug-2012 08:14
Wonderful shot of this great animal. Takes me back to when my uncle sent me a cuddly toy one in the late 40's!
Esa Ervasti03-Aug-2012 07:34
Finally great and accurate info about koala in the wild, big thanks about that and of this superb image, David!
John Hamers03-Aug-2012 06:39
Great portrait of this Koala !! V
John Reynolds LRPS03-Aug-2012 06:05
Well captured. Beautiful creature. Sorry to hear they are in decline. V.
Yvonne03-Aug-2012 04:30
We often have a youngster in our trees, especially around Christmas time. Great shot David! v
joseantonio03-Aug-2012 04:16
I love this animals. First saw them in 1995 close to Melbourne...V
larose forest photos03-Aug-2012 02:51
So iconic. When one thinks of Australia, one thinks of koalas (and kangaroos). Not happy news about their status, according to Ann, and no surprise that cars take a toll. V
Ann Pettigrew03-Aug-2012 01:36
Beautiful, David. Have you seen the article in the latest National Geographic about koalas? Sounds like they are in real trouble due to habitat loss and urban sprawl. Apparently dogs and cars take a toll, too. Do you ever see them in the wild?
Robert Houde03-Aug-2012 00:30
Beautiful all the way.
Jim Coffman03-Aug-2012 00:08
A very fine portrait,David!
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