Origin of name:
One of the original names of the You Yangs is Wooloomanata, and one of the historic properties adjacent to the park has this name.
“Wooly” was first seen in January 2015, about 4km west of where he has been seen lately.
How often seen:
Back in 2015, he was only seen 5 times and then in 2016 about 9 times.
We have no idea whether he has any joeys, or who his parents are. Fingers crossed he sticks around and we learn more!
In 2015 & 2016 he lived near Pat & Anzac. Now he is moving around a lot, through Clancy’s area.
Wooly is another example of how much koalas move around. A young male can take many years to establish a home range, due to rivalry from older males, availability of good food and, once he has dealt with those, he needs to find mates!
How do we have so much information about Wooloomanata?
Echidna Walkabout’s Wild Koala Research Project has been monitoring the koalas of the You Yangs and Brisbane Ranges for 20 years. In 1998 we discovered a non-intrusive method of identifying koalas by their natural nose patterns. Since then we have been collecting data during tours, and using it to advocate for koalas, plant trees where they are most needed, and remove weeds to improve koala habitat.
All our tourists play an important part in this research, by making it possible through funding, and by looking out for koalas on our tours.