Episode 002: Phascolarctos cinereus

Researched By

Kevin Robinson

Written By

Kevin Robinson

Filmed On

18 May 2020


  1. Woinarski, J. & Burbidge, A.A. Phascolarctos cinereus. 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-1.RLTS.T16892A21960344.en. Accessed 17 February 2020.
  2. Degabriele, Robert. “The Physiology of the Koala.” Scientific American, vol. 243, no. 1, 1980, pp. 110–117. JSTOR, https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2307/24966372
  3. Kenyon, Georgina. “Climate change and disease threaten Australian icon.” Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, vol. 8, no. 1, 2010, pp. 7. JSTOR, https://www.jstor.org/stable/20696397
  4. Seabrook, Leonie; McAlpine, Clive; Rhodes, Jonathan; Baxter, Greg; Bradley, Adrian; & Lunney, Daniel. “Determining range edges: habitat quality, climate or climate extremes?.” Diversity and Distributions, vol. 20, no. 1, 2013, pp. 95–106. JSTOR, https://www.jstor.org/stable/24032662
  5. Philippe, Isabelle. “A look at koalas in Australian culture amid the fires that are devastating their population.” ABC News, 12 January 2020, https://abcnews.go.com/International/koalas-australian-culture-amid-fires-devastating-population/story?id=68195336. Accessed 15 March 2020.
  6. Zhou, Naaman. “Australia’s environment minister says up to 30% of koalas killed in NSW mid-north coast fires.” The Guardian, 26 December 2019, https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/dec/27/australias-environment-minister-says-up-to-30-of-koalas-killed-in-nsw-mid-north-coast-fires. Accessed 15 March 2020.
  7. Calma, Justine. “What you need to know about the Australia bushfires.” The Verge, 3 January 2020, https://www.theverge.com/2020/1/3/21048891/australia-wildfires-koalas-climate-change-bushfires-deaths-animals-damage. Accessed 15 March 2020.
  8. Wikipedia Authors. Indian Ocean Dipole. 26 January 2020. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Ocean_Dipole. Accessed 15 March 2020.
  9. McCallum, Hamish and Dobson, Andy. “Disease, habitat fragmentation and conservation.” Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B: Biological Sciences, vol. 269, no. 1504, 2002, pp. 2041–2049. JSTOR, https://www.jstor.org/stable/3558830
  10. Wikipedia Authors. Chlamydia psittaci. 15 February 2020. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chlamydia_psittaci. Accessed 15 March 2020.
  11. Langley, Liz. “As Koalas Suffer From Chlamydia, A New Clue For Treatment.” National Geographic, 14 April 2018, https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2018/04/animals-disease-health-koalas-australia/. Accessed 29 March 2020.
  12. Ellis, William A. H. and Bercovitch, Fred B. “Body size and sexual selection in the koala.” Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, vol. 65, no. 6, 2011, pp. 1229-1235. JSTOR, https://www.jstor.org/stable/41414581

Further Reading

  1. Pournelle, George H. “Notes on Reproduction of the Koala.” Journal of Mammalogy, vol. 42, no. 3, 1961, pp. 396. JSTOR, https://www.jstor.org/stable/1377039
  2. Augustine, David J. “Modelling Chlamydia-Koala Interactions: Coexistence, Population Dynamics and Conservation Implications.” Journal of Applied Ecology, vol. 35, no. 2, 1998, pp. 261–272. JSTOR, https://www.jstor.org/stable/2405125
  3. Melzer, Alistair; Carrick, Frank; Menkhorst, Peter; Lunney, Daniel; and St. John, Barbara. “Overview, Critical Assessment, and Conservation Implications of Koala Distribution and Abundance.” Conservation Biology, vol. 14, no. 3, 2000, pp. 619–628. JSTOR, https://www.jstor.org/stable/2641420
  4. Penn, Angela M.; Sherwin, William B.; Gordon, Greg; Lunney, Daniel; Melzer, Alistair; and Lacy, Robert C. “Demographic Forecasting in Koala Conservation.” Conservation Biology, vol. 14, no. 3, 2000, pp. 629–638. JSTOR, https://www.jstor.org/stable/2641421
  5. Phillips, Stephen S. “Population Trends and the Koala Conservation Debate.” Conservation Biology, vol. 14, no. 3, 2000, pp. 650–659. JSTOR, https://www.jstor.org/stable/2641423
  6. Clark, Tim W.; Mazur, Nicole; Cork, Steven J.; Dovers, Steve; and Harding, Ronnie. “Koala Conservation Policy Process: Appraisal and Recommendations.” Conservation Biology, vol. 14, no. 3, 2000, pp. 681–690. JSTOR, https://www.jstor.org/stable/2641426
  7. Cork, Steven J.; Clark, Tim W.; and Mazur, Nicole. “Conclusions and Recommendations for Koala Conservation.” Conservation Biology, vol. 14, no. 3, 2000, pp. 702–704. JSTOR, https://www.jstor.org/stable/2641428
  8. Rhodes, Jonathan R.; Wiegand, Thorsten; McAlpine, Clive A.; Callaghan, John; Lunney, Daniel; Bowen, Michiala; and Possingham, Hugh P. “Modeling Species’ Distribution to Improve Conservation in Semiurban Landscapes: Koala Case Study.” Conservation Biology, vol. 20, no. 2, 2006, pp. 449–459. JSTOR, https://www.jstor.org/stable/3591353
  9. Dubey, J. P.; Hedstrom, Olaf; Machado, Craig R.; and Osborn, Kent G. “Disseminated Toxoplasmosis in a Captive Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus).” Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, vol. 22, no. 3, 1991, pp. 348–350. JSTOR, https://www.jstor.org/stable/20095168
  10. Polak, Tal; Rhodes, Jonathan R.; Jones, Darryl; and Possingham, Hugh P. “Optimal planning for mitigating the impacts of roads on wildlife.” Journal of Applied Ecology, vol. 51, no. 3, 2014, pp. 726–734. JSTOR, https://www.jstor.org/stable/24032535
  11. Ellis, William; Bercovitch, Fred; FitzGibbon, Sean; Melzer, Alistair; de Villiers, Diedre; and Dique, David. “Koala Birth Seasonality and Sex Ratios across Multiple Sites in Queansland, Australia.” Journal Mammalogy, vol. 91, no. 1, 2010, pp. 117–182. JSTOR, https://www.jstor.org/stable/27755184
  12. Burgdorf-Moisuk, Anne; Stalis, Ilse H.; and Pye, Geoffrey W. “DISSEMINATED COCCIDOIDOMYCOSIS IN A KOALA (PHASCOLARCTOS CINEREUS).” Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, vol. 43, no. 1, 2012, pp. 197–199. JSTOR, https://www.jstor.org/stable/41417093
  13. Watry, Greg. “Koala Poo, Chlamydia and the Microbiome: Biophysics Graduate Student Katherine Dahlhausen.” UC Davis, College of Biological Sciences, 11 January 2011, https://biology.ucdavis.edu/news/koala-poo-chlamydia-and-microbiome-biophysics-graduate-student-katherine-dahlhausen. Accessed 17 May 2020.

Suggested Viewing

  1. https://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/animals-source/101-videos/0000016a-98f5-dd24-ad6f-fcf76c900000

Organisations to Support Koala

  1. https://wildlifewarriors.org.au/conservation-projects/koala-conservation
  2. https://www.savethekoala.com/our-work/conservation-and-research
  3. https://www.penguins.org.au/attractions/koala-reserve/