About Koala Gulkurguli

male koala in funny position


Origin of name:

Gulkurguli means boy in Wathaurong, the original language of the You Yangs region.

A book by Bruce Pascoe: “Convincing Ground: Learning to Fall in Love with Your Country” includes a reference to the Wathaurong word gulkurguli.

Known since:

Gulkurguli (Gulli for short) was first seen in January 2017.

young male wild koala face side view

How often seen:

Gulkurguli was only seen twice in 2017, but 24 times in 2018. He was seen 90 times in 2019, and has already been seen on 21 days in 2020.


It’s unknown from where Gulli originally is, he could have come from another area of, or even outside of the You Yangs. Male koalas can move long distances in search of a home range.

Gulli has several offspring with resident females Ngardang and Kiki.  Ngardang’s daughter in 2019: Winjku is fathered by Gulli, and KiKi’s son Mimi of the same age. In 2020, both Ngardang & KiKi had new joeys: Kallama & Lara, respectively. The new joeys are almost certainly fathered by Gulli too.


Clancy owns the home range that Gulli is skirting around. Winberry lives to the east, and Bungaleenee and Cruiz live to the south. Females Ngardang, Lakorra, Kiki & Kozo, Mara, Wemba and Djadja are all close neighbours and potential mates.

Media Appearances:

Gulli has already made a few appearances on social media: Gulkurguli on Koala Clancy’s Facebook

How do we know all this about Gulkurguli ? Our Wild Koala Research Project has been monitoring the koalas of the You Yangs and Brisbane Ranges for 20 years, using our non-intrusive method of nose pattern identification.

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