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Research & Conservation

Research & Conservation

With over 90 years of experience working alongside koalas, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is dedicated to continuing work in the field of koala research, as well as across a variety of other wildlife species.

Lone Pine collaborates with universities, government, students and other reputable organisations, and over the years has contributed to hundreds of wildlife research projects.

Koala Research

As the world’s first and largest koala sanctuary, we have contributed to the publication of numerous research articles. Dedicated to improving our knowledge of this iconic marsupial, we will continue to support research investigating koala behaviour, disease and infection, anatomy, physiology, captive management, nutrition, reproduction and development.

Student & Volunteer Projects

Koala Microbiome – Dr Michaela Blyton, Post-doctoral research fellow, Western Sydney University

The aim of the study was to investigate if the prevalence or strain of particular gastrointestinal bacteria vary across the koala’s range. One of these bacteria is Lonepinella koalarum, which has been shown to be a tannin-degrading bacterium and may be involved in detoxifying the koalas’ diet. L. koalarum was discovered at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in 1995.

Organisation Projects

Training of conservation detection dogs – Dennis Gannaway, Bellden Environmental Services

Conservation detection dogs play a very important role in detecting a range of wildlife and pest species throughout natural areas.