Origin of name:
Mabo is named to honour Eddie Mabo – the Torres Strait Islander man who was responsible for changing the Native Title laws in Australia.
How long have we known him?
Mabo the koala was first seen in early January 2017. So at time of writing we’ve known this koala for nearly 2 years.
How often is koala Mabo seen:
He was seen in the You Yangs regional park 11 times in 2017, but already 15 times in 2018.
We don’t know who Koala Mabo’s parents are. We are hoping he will have some offspring this year!
Just a little on social media so far:
How do we know all this about Koala Mabo?
Echidna Walkabout’s Wild Koala Research Project has been monitoring the koalas of the You Yangs and Brisbane Ranges for 20 years. We use a non-intrusive method of koala nose pattern identification to name and research these koalas (ie we never touch them).