Establishing A Eucalyptus Plantation For Koala Food
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Jesmond Rd, Fig Tree Pocket, Qld 4069
Feeding koalas in captivity at any time is a difficult job. In South-East Queensland the task is made even more difficult because of the large number of koalas held in fauna parks. The rapid development and urban growth of the region is rapidly reducing the source of suitable food for wild and captive populations alike. It was for these reasons that Lone Pine decided to look towards becoming self-sufficient in koala food by setting up its own plantations.
The first trial plantation was set up on site at Lone Pine in October 1988, and consists of approximately 3000 trees. The second was established in November 1989 at Redbank Plains, and comprises about 30,000 trees. The information in this paper has been obtained from the trial and error of setting up these two plantations.