Koala Woman Says
This electorate only has Koalas in the east where the climate and habitat is more suitable for them. The western limit for Koalas is Hughenden but they are restricted to watercourses with nearby habitat, for example Moorrinya National Park. There were Koalas in Undara National Park 20 years ago, but these seem to have disappeared into the lava tubes this Park is famous for. Seriously though, as in the Maranoa electorate to the south Koalas are contracting their range coastward as the climate gets drier and hotter. South of Mareeba on the Atherton Tableland there are a few around Malanda and there are some west of Cardwell in the western fringes of Girringun National Park. There may still be a few around Charters Towers; there is a recorded sighting from 2001.
There seems to be a lot of bush on this map, but it contains mostly scattered eucalypts, hence the low estimate for the koala population. The coastal portion of this electorate is the Wet Tropics Bioregion, there are no Koalas living in this rainforest.
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Estimated AKF Koala Population: 200-400
Estimated Koala Habitat left: 93.6%
Estimated Federal Government Population: No data. No opinion.
Listed as vulnerable to extinction under the EPBC Act (May 2012)