Artificial insemination in the Koala: The how and why
S.D. JOHNSTON1 AND P.O'CALLAGHAN2
1 School of Animal Studies, The University of Queensland 4072
2 Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Jesmond Rd., Fig Tree Pocket, 4069
In May 1998, the University of Queensland and Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary announced the birth of a Koala pouch young produced following artificial induction of ovulation and insemination; a first for any species of marsupial. Six months later and following paternity analysis a further 5 back young were confirmed born following Al. Our presentation outlines the development and implementation of Al in the Koala, briefly describing the protocols and techniques employed in the successful production of offspring, as well as highlighting those factors that we believe where fundamental to the success of the programme.