During the period between 1989 and 2016, Professor Robert Close and many other researchers, students and community members completed a range of research projects focused on Campbelltown’s koala population.
This data formed the creation of the Campbelltown Koala Research and Database 1989 - 2016 that covers the results of his extensive research program. The most exciting thing that Dr Close found was a chlamydia free and expanding colony, with individual koalas that lived to more than 17 years of age.
Dr Close’s work and his publications have provided a huge contribution to environmental conservation in our Local Government Area (LGA).
The research has helped us understand:
- the overall health of our koalas
- where they live and their habitat
- their longevity and reproduction rates
- their preferred food and shelter tree species
- dispersal pathways and established home ranges.
The 27 years of data recorded is accessible to the public and copies of the database and relevant source materials are available: