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Trauma and disease ravage South East Queensland koalas


It’s well known that South East Queensland koalas are doing it tough, and a University of Queensland study sheds new light on the multiple issues afflicting them.

Researchers Associate Professor Rachel Allavena and Associate Professor Joerg Henning investigated the relationship between disease and mortality in South East Queensland koalas.

Dr Allavena said koala populations continued to decline, and it was vital to understand causes of death if strategies were to be implemented to increase their survival.

“Trauma and infectious disease are the most common single diagnoses in koalas, however koalas often are affected by more than one medical condition,” she said. MORE

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