Strzelecki Koala Action Team

The Strzelecki KoalaAustralia's iconic koala is in trouble.

The devastating 2020 bushfires killed more than 25,000 koalas nationwide. That, coupled with continued habitat destruction from land clearing, means that the koala is headed to extinction within this century.

But there is still hope...

Victoria’s only endemic species of koala, the Strzelecki Koala, may hold the key to the whole species survival. The Strzelecki Ranges are located about 2 hours south east of Melbourne.

You can help by signing up for monthly donations and becoming a part of the Strzelecki Koala Action Team. Not only will that mean you be supporting work to ensure the future survival of koalas everywhere, but you will also become a member the world's largest grassroots activist network, Friends of the Earth!

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Citizen science program

Since 2013, Friends of the Earth have been mapping koala habitat in the Strzelecki Ranges.

During that time, our team of volunteers have mapped over 200 sites during this time. By mapping key areas we can identify koala hot spots and lobby for greater protection of these areas, through reduced burn-offs, reduced tree felling and implementation of better road signage. 

This unique map allows greater geographical understanding in which areas should be prioritised for future koala surveys. It also allows greater community input and understanding about koala hotspots.

View our Strzelecki Koala map here

Click here to view our Strzelecki Koala map

Want to find out more about our citizen science work? Click here.

Making a huge difference

On July 14th 2018, Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D'Ambrosio, and Gunai Traditional Owner Aunty Doris Paton formally announced the creation of the Brataualung Forest Park in the Strzelecki Ranges.

The name Brataualung refers to one of five clans of the Gunai tribe and was the nominated name for the Reserve by the GunaiKurnai Elders Council after a Government naming process.

A crowd gather to celebrate the new Brataualung Forest

The new Reserve covers 2,400 ha of land, including key cool temperate rainforest catchments in the Agnes River, Franklin River, Dingo Creek, Albert River and College Creek.

The new reserve is the result of more than 20 years campaigning in the region by many individuals and local groups, particularly Friends of Gippsland Bush, and Friends of the Earth.

For more information about what we do and why, Check this out!

Donations are sorely needed. Each day conducting surveys costs around $200. Your donation can help us find new koala populations.

Latest News

Friends of the Earths work to survey the habitat of the Strzelecki Koala is ongoing. We anticipate that 200 koala surveys will be completed by the end of July. We still have a long way to go though, to get a better understanding of the range and population size of the Strzelecki/South Gippsland Koala. That is why we want to increase the surveys from 200 to 300 by the end of 2020. The Strzelecki/South Gippsland koala populations are unique. They are genetically significant, as they are the only koalas in Victoria and South Australia that are not from translocated populations.... Read more

January 2020: Old growth Mountain Grey Gum at Mirboo North. A newly mapped koala hotspot For many years, Friends of the Earth has been concerned about the only endemic koala population remaining in Victoria and South Australia. This population inhabits the Strzelecki Ranges/South Gippsland region of Victoria.  Results of our work, in conjunction with other groups was published in 2016. This work found that the preferred trees for Strzelecki Koalas were Mountain Grey Gum, Blue Gum and Strzelecki Gum. The work also determined a koala population of 0.09 animals per hectare of bushland. We have continued this work in 2020... Read more

In early February, Friends of the Earth was appalled by yet another koala massacre in the south west of the State. A visit to the region last month confirmed our worst fears; Koalas that survive plantation logging are now facing starvation and are on the move across the landscape. In order to get people to better understand some of the dynamics occurring in translocated koala populations, Friends of the Earth has has produced this short video. We hope this provides a better insight into the disaster unfolding in the South West. Read more

Many people would have seen the recent story regarding koala massacre currently occurring in South West Victoria published over the weekend. Read more