Our History | On the hunt for koalas, past and present

By Cheryl Mongan
Updated February 13 2020 - 11:36am, first published 11:14am
BUSH KILL: Koala and echidna skins are among those nailed to a wall behind seven hunters, possibly in the late 18th century. Photo: Mitchell Library
BUSH KILL: Koala and echidna skins are among those nailed to a wall behind seven hunters, possibly in the late 18th century. Photo: Mitchell Library

The recent catastrophic bushfires have highlighted the vulnerability of our native wildlife as never before. Animals have died in countless numbers, others have been severely burnt and are requiring 24-hour care. With much of their natural habitat destroyed, many will not be able to return to the areas they came from and will have to be re-homed elsewhere. Finding suitable bushland with the varieties of eucalyptus trees preferred by koalas was the reason for an inquiry received by our archives.

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