Origin of name:
Gulkurguli means boy in Wathaurong, the original language of the You Yangs region.
A book by Bruce Pascoe: “Convincing Ground: Learning to Fall in Love with Your Country” includes a reference to the Wathaurong word gulkurguli.
Gulkurguli (Gulli for short) was first seen in January 2017.
How often seen:
Gulkurguli was only seen twice in 2017, but has already been seen 9 times in 2018.
No idea! He could have come from another area of, or even outside of the You Yangs. Male koalas can move long distances in search of a home range.
Clancy owns the home range that Gulli is skirting around. Winberry lives to the east, and Bungaleenee and Cruiz live to the south. Females Ngardang, Lakorra, Kiki & Kozo, Mara, Wemba and Djadja are all close neighbours and potential mates.
Gulli has already made a few appearances on social media: Gulkurguli on Koala Clancy’s Facebook
How do we know all this about Gulkurguli ? Our Wild Koala Research Project has been monitoring the koalas of the You Yangs and Brisbane Ranges for 20 years, using our non-intrusive method of nose pattern identification.