Kangaroo research counts on local knowledge

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Kangaroo research counts on local knowledge


Beth Brunton with kangaroos and tracking equipment

14 October 2014

USC scientists researching the effects of urbanisation on kangaroo populations in South-East Queensland are asking people across the community to share their knowledge.

USC Master of Science student Beth Brunton, 35, of Kulangoor is leading the research project which will examine the conservation status of Eastern grey kangaroos, using the population on the University’s campus as a case study.

“We’d like to hear from local people who have seen kangaroos on their property or surrounds or who have knowledge of kangaroos in their area,” Beth said. An online survey has been designed to capture community knowledge.

She said South-East Queensland’s wildlife populations have been placed under increased pressure due to urban encroachment and development.

Beth said thriving kangaroo populations in less-developed regions of Queensland could create a perception that kangaroos were not at risk in South-East Queensland.

“There has been a decline in at least some populations of Eastern grey kangaroo in coastal areas where urbanisation is greatest. However, there is currently no sound estimate of the extent of this decline across the region.”

Beth said the study was being conducted with a view to establishing recommendations for sustainable management of threatened populations of Eastern grey kangaroos in urban areas.

“In terms of the USC campus population, we have observed that the numbers are going down,” she said. “We want to find out why, and work out how to keep the kangaroos here for years to come.”

“In gathering information about the trends across the wider region, we want to hear from residents as to their experiences with kangaroos. There is a wealth of knowledge out there in our community.”

To participate in the online survey or for more information visit the SEQ Eastern Grey Kangaroo Conservation Project.

— David Cameron

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