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 has already been seen 9 times in 2018.


No idea! 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.


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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