Help look after our mob
As a Land for Wildlife property, USC is home to a plethora of wildlife and provides important habitat in an increasingly urban area. We are lucky enough to share the USC campus with a mob of Eastern Grey kangaroos. Staff, students and visitors alike delight in having interactions with the kangaroos and they are part of the daily life on campus.
Since 2011, the population on campus has been in steady decline and with less than 20 kangaroos left on campus the population is now considered at risk.
While the future of the kangaroos at USC is at risk there are many ways that we can all help to ensure USC remains a safe place for our kangaroos and other wildlife.
About our research
South East Queensland has undergone major population growth in previous decades and during this time wildlife populations have been placed under increased pressure due to urban encroachment / development.
There has been a documented decline in at least some populations of Eastern grey kangaroo (Macropus giganteus) in coastal areas where urbanisation is greatest; however there is currently no sound estimate of the extent of this decline across the region.
The School of Science and Engineering are conducting research on Eastern grey kangaroos in South East Queensland, using the population on the University's Sippy Downs campus as a case study.
As part of this study, USC postgraduate research student, Beth Brunton, is looking at the conservation and effects of urbanisation on Eastern grey kangaroo populations in this area.
The study is being conducted with a view to establishing recommendations for sustainable management of threatened populations of Eastern grey kangaroos in urban areas.