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The History of the Koala

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The History of the Koala

<p>Koalas are internationally recognized as one of Australia’s most iconic animals. Yet few know that in 1919 one million koalas were killed for their furs during a six month open hunting season in

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Koalas are internationally recognized as one of Australia’s most iconic animals. Yet few know that in 1919 one million koalas were killed for their furs during a six month open hunting season in Queensland. Learn about the cumulative impacts of over 200 years of hunting and habitat destruction that is now pushing the koala into the danger zone of extinction. What must we do to save this precious Australian animal?


SUGGESTED READING

  • Australian Koala Foundation, Koala, Thames & Hudson, 2016.
  • Stephen Jackson, Koala, Origins of an Icon, Allen & Unwin.
  • Roger Martin & Kathrine Handasyde, The Koala, Natural History, Conservation and Management, UNSW Press.
  • Ann Moyal, Koala, A Historical Biography, CSIRO Publishing, 2008.
  • Royal Zoological Society of NSW, The Natural History of Sydney

Documentary Films

  • Understorey, in association with the National Parks Association, 2016.
  • Cultivating Murder, 2017.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • History of saving the koala including the formation of the Wildlife Preservation Society (1909) to campaign for its protection.
  • David G. Stead and his international connections that made him write to US President Herbert Hoover asking him to end 1920s trade in koala fur skins.
  • Current environment campaigns by national, state and local conservation groups calling for the protection of koalas and their habitat.
  • Contemporary threats to koalas on the east coast of Australia including South Coast, South-east Queensland, Port Macquarie, Ballina, Pilliga and north western NSW and in Sydney’s Campbelltown area.
  • Latest National Parks Association of NSW campaigns to protect koalas.


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to understand:

  1. Past, current and future threats to koalas.
  2. Current environmental legislation to protect koalas and other government policies that effect koala populations.
  3. Current environment calling for the protection of koalas and their habitat.