Koala liberation is coming to Melbourne

First published in Aging on November 5, 1981

The Koala liberation is coming to the big city

The koala liberation movement came to the city of Melbourne yesterday when four adult koalas and a baby jumped out of their crates into the Yarran Dheran Reserve at Mitcham.

The koalas are being unleashed at the Yarran Dheran Reserve by being unleashed by fisheries and wildlife officer Robert Timms.

The koalas are being unleashed at the Yarran Dheran Reserve by being unleashed by fisheries and wildlife officer Robert Timms.Credit:John Lamb

Two hundred koalas will be released around the state this year by the government’s fisheries and wildlife department, and the quintet that made for the Mitcham trees are the forerunners of other city releases.

Although there are probably Manna Guma and other favorite fodder trees in the area bordering Mullum Mullum Creek, not everyone in the division is happy with the release of the koalas, which were retrieved from the French island.

Bob Warneke, a senior researcher at the department’s Arthur Rylah Institute, said koalas often migrated miles from their home country.

Warneke said he would like to think koalas could survive in the suburbs. But the release of them in the metropolitan area of ​​Melbourne exposed them to more danger than in rural areas and reserves.

But Mr. Ken King, the division’s Melbourne district superintendent, said the reserve had been surveyed and was large enough to support a koala breeding colony. He said individual koalas would be able to defend themselves.

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