"As plain as the nose on their face: Efficacy of nostril pigment patterns in identifying individual koalas" - Janine Duffy
On 7 October 2014 - Janine presented to a large audience at the Pathways 2014 Conference: Integrating Human Dimensions into Wildlife Management designed to address the issues that arise as people and wildlife struggle to coexist in a sustainable and healthy manner.
She proudly wore her "Make a Home for Clancy" shirt!
Janine was very pleased with the larger than anticipated audience and their response, great questions asked and the ideas shared.
Some research related media - [see more on our In the Media page]
- 12 December 2014 -"Koalas Have Unique Noses" by Science Nutshell - "The latest science publications, research and news in a nutshell" in Environment section
- 2 December 2014 - Japan Wildlife Center news [in Japanese] about unique koala noses
- December 2014 - "Un-bearlievable! Every Koala Nose is Different" feature by UK wildlife charity Care for the Wild’s RIGHT-tourism campaign for animal-friendly tourism
- 1 December 2014 - Listen to this Traveling Dan Podcast interview with Janine – "Working with Koalas and Wildlife in Australia"
- 20 October 2014 - "Individual Koalas can be told apart by their noses" on the Wildlife Extra website and the Centre for Fortean Zoology website.
- 7 October 2014 -"Koalas Take Centre Stage at US Conference" on Paw, Mane, Fin website.
- 2 October 2014 - TIES News - news article by International Ecotourism Society about our koala research presentation and "a significant example of how a tourism operator can act as a credible research organisation".
- 30 September 2014 - We are No. 10 in 10 Things You Need to Know Today in KarryOn - the Voice of the Travel Industry.
- 29 September 2014 - Koala research shows how Australia tourism is leading the way for endangered species conservation in the Travel Daily News Asia
- 26 September 2014 - Koala conservation top of the agenda at wildlife conference in Leisure Opportunities UK - by Tom Anstey
- 24 September 2014 - The International Ecotourism Society Facebook Page shared Pathway conference news! Thank you TIES
- 29 August 2014 - Global Post - Australia's cuddly koalas are rapidly dying out. But a new technique — involving nose prints — may help conservationists save them.
- 5 August 2014 - see eGlobal Travel Media - Will Koala’s Noses Save Them from Extinction?
The Conference organisers said: "This year Colorado State University is partnering with Michigan State University, Umeå University, and the Swedish University of Agricultural Science to host our most diverse cutting edge conference yet. This conference and training intends to set the precedent for future research, innovation, and collaboration and to further the application of human dimensions research in the field of fish and wildlife management"
Janine's unique koala nose pattern identification is used by the Echidna Walkabout team for recognising and monitoring koalas in the wild in a non-intrusive manner. This research is a major part of our business profile and is funded by Echidna Walkabout profits and donations made to our Koala Research Project.
What's this all about?
In 1998 we discovered a method of identifying koalas by using markings in their noses. Over the past 16 years we have refined and tested the method and, based on 19,000 photographs of 108 wild koalas, have found it to be 93% accurate in identifying wild koalas in a non-intrusive, low-cost and safe way.
In 2014 we were contacted by two US wildlife and ecotourism professors from Kansas State University, Dr Jeff Skibins & Dr Peg Shaw McBee, who are assisting us to publish this method to the global scientific community.
We want to thank all our great Echidna Team, Jeff and Peg, our guests, National Park Rangers and others who have supported this research over the years.
The Echidna Team has had lots of big moments but is probably the BIGGEST so far. We are ecstatic that our citizen science project has found this global recognition. This project could lead to a significant step forward in the conservation of koalas.