Koala being weighed.

Several koalas have returned to Tidbinbilla after their stay at the ANU.

25 February 2020

Northern Corroboree Frogs and koalas evacuated to the Australian National University (ANU) during the Orroral Valley bushfire have returned to the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve.

A population of 450 Northern Corroboree Frogs was moved to purpose-built tanks at the ANU on 30 January as fires moved north west from Namadgi National Park.

Northern Corroboree Frogs are critically endangered in the wild and are part of Tidbinbilla’s threatened species breeding program.

Their safe return to Tidbinbilla is a triumph in our ongoing efforts to reintroduce the critically endangered species into the wild. Many of the frogs that were returned last week will be released to Namadgi’s sensitive alpine areas later in the year.

The massive biodiversity loss suffered this bushfire season and changing climate mean conserving endangered native populations is more important than ever.

Koalas Jed, Billa, Scully, Yellow, Gulu and a new joey were also transported to purpose-built facilities at the ANU on 30 January. They received expert care there from ANU staff. They will now be monitored closely behind closed doors at Tidbinbilla before their return to the outdoor enclosure in the coming weeks.

The ANU’s efforts have helped the survival of some of the ACT’s most iconic animals. The animals’ absence from Tidbinbilla also allowed ACT Parks and Conservation Service staff to effectively prepare the facilities to be safer from the threat of fire. Their teams have put in containment lines, removed vegetation around key enclosures and installed sprinkler systems in holding areas.

Over the coming weeks more animals that were evacuated to safe zones early this year will be returned home. They will include 24 eastern bettongs and 24 brush-tailed rock wallabies evacuated by the Australian Defence Force to Mt Rothwell in Victoria, and a further 4 rock wallabies and 7 platypuses receiving on-going care at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo.

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