Everyone is koala-fied to join the annual Narrandera Koala Count

I spy with my little eye, something beginning with ‘K’… Join the annual Narrandera Koala Count on Sunday 30 April for your best chance of seeing a koala in the wild!

Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) with joey

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and the Narrandera Koala Regeneration Centre Committee is running the count and need as many keen-eyed koala spotters as possible.

NPWS Manager Robin Mares said the count has been running for 27 years and each year between 30 and 70 koalas are spotted by volunteers.

“Locals become a koala detective for the day by learning how to spot one using clues such as scratches on trees and bullet-shaped poo around the base of trees,” Mr Mares said. 

“It gives people a rare opportunity to see koalas in their natural habitat and we get a vital snapshot of how the population is faring,” he said.

Koalas were released into the Narrandera Nature Reserve in 1972 in an attempt to re-establish a colony and have since spread down both sides of the Murrumbidgee River.

“The more people who take part, the more koalas we generally count – so grab some binoculars and bring the whole family for a fun day out,” Mr Mares said.

“To take part in the koala count, follow the signs from the Lake Talbot Canal Bridge and meet at the Narrandera Flora and Fauna Reserve at 9:45am for a 10am start.

“Counting will finish around midday and Rotary will provide a barbeque lunch for volunteers for a gold coin donation.

For more information contact Griffith NPWS Office on 6966 8100 or the Narrandera Visitor Centre on 6959 5545.

If it is raining on Sunday 30 April, find out whether the koala count has been cancelled by calling 0429 319 585.

The koala is one of six iconic species with important social, cultural and economic significance listed under the NSW Government’s Saving our Species program.

Photos for media: National Parks Flickr: Every is koala-field to join the annual Narrandera koala count