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 3 years. He was around 3 years old in early 2017, so he would have been born around early 2014.
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, and around 60 times in 2019.
We don’t know who Koala Mabo’s parents are. His first known offspring is Indi, daughter of Kozo.
Survived extreme heat/drought catastrophes:
Mabo has survived the following extreme heat waves and droughts.
2014: 14 to 17 January (4 days over 40C, the last at max 46C) He would have been born around this terrible time.
2019: 4 January max temp: 46C
2019: 25 January max temp: 46C
2019: 20 December max temp: 46C
2019: 30 December max temp: 44C
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).