The South Australian ‘koala wars’: Australian fauna and mediagenic ﬁtness selection
School of Communication, International Studies & Languages, University of South Australia, Magill, Australia
This paper tracks in brief the ongoing tensions between ‘scientiﬁc’ management of an animal that the biosciences have declared ‘out of balance’ with its ecosystem, and the iconic economic/brand value of that animal in popular culture and tourism. Irrespective of its bioscientiﬁc status, the animal seems to have been ‘media selected’ for ﬁtness as ‘charismatic fauna’ in an expanded arena of ‘nature’. That animal is the koala, the place is South Australia’s Kangaroo Island.