At a number of sites throughout Victoria and South Australia, koala populations occur (or previously occurred) at high densities that cannot be sustained by their habitat. In some cases, widespread defoliation of trees and mass starvation of koalas is the result. The latest crisis is occurring at Framlingham.

Ongoing monitoring of these koala hotspots, and early intervention is needed if habitat is to be conserved and to achieve good welfare outcomes for koalas. Unfortunately, governments frequently fail to implement monitoring programs and have strategies in place to deal with these issues.

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This lucky koala was rescued. Many more will starve without intervention.

Framlingham, 18 August 2018 (Photos by D. Whisson)