Work has started on a new facility that will support the world’s first wild koala breeding program on NSW’s mid-north coast.
Koala breeding no girl-meets-boy affair
Australia has long bred koalas in captivity but a world-first bid to produce wild ones will be no simple girl-meets-boy story.
“It’s not a matter of putting a couple of animals together and away we go,” says Cheyne Flanagan, the manager of research and breeding for Koala Conservation Australia.
“It’s very, very complicated and it’s about really understanding the landscape, where these animals have come from, and where they are going to go to.”
As the koala conservationist rattles off the “ginormous” to-do list, she jokes that she’s slightly terrified by its scale and complexity.