Koala Phascolarctos cinereus populations sometimes exhibit eruptive dynamics, increasing to peak abundance and then crashing to low abundance. This dynamic is considered unacceptable because koalas die from starvation and food trees are killed by defoliation. There is concern that such dynamics may be occurring at a number of sites in south-eastern Australia. The only management option is fertility control of females.
We constructed a simulation model of koalas interacting with their food supply (manna gum Eucalyptus viminalis) in Mount Eccles National Park, Victoria, Australia. The amount of manna gum leaves consumed changed the survival and fecundity rates of koalas, and the amount of leaves removed changed the survival and transition rates of manna gums.
|Author||Charles R. Todd, David M. Forsyth, David Choquenot|
|Secondary title||Journal of Applied Ecology|
|Institution||Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research|
|Control method||Fertility Control|