Koala sightings are rare around the New England North West region, so for one landholder at Pallamallawa to spot up to three of the cute and cuddly native animals in his backyard on any one occasion is something to be celebrated.
When the Pally resident, who wishes to remain anonymous, first moved to the area, there wasn’t a tree in sight. He’s since planted more than 500 trees on his block, which has become a haven for koalas.
“I’ve created a natural habitat for them,” the Pally resident said.
The resident recently submitted the above photo to the Moree Champion, saying the koala pictured has been in his backyard for three months now.
“Sometimes I have three in there,” he said.
The koalas are particularly drawn to the pink flowering ironbark trees, or eucalyptus sideroxylon, which are plentiful in the Pally backyard.
September is Save the Koala Month, and with land-clearing one of the biggest threats to the koala species, planting trees is one of the simplest things people can do to help save koalas from becoming endangered.