Origin of name:
Waa is the name for the Raven/Crow in Wathaurong/Wada wurrung
He was first seen on 23 June 2020, so he must have been born around late December 2019.
How often seen:
He has been seen a lot in his first year: 14 times in 2020.
Every time we see Waa he is nursing! He is a very hungry little fellow – probably determined to grow as big as he can. His mother Wemba is very tolerant, and seems to put up with him with great patience.
Survived extreme heat/drought catastrophes:
Waa has survived the following extreme heat waves and droughts.
2019: 20 December max temp: 46C (he would have been born about this time)
2019: 30 December max temp: 44C
How do we know so much about koala Waa’s history?
Echidna Walkabout’s Wild Koala Research Project has been monitoring the koalas of the You Yangs and Brisbane Ranges for 22 years. In 1998 we discovered a non-intrusive method of identifying koalas by their natural nose markings (nose patterns). Since then we have been collecting koala research data during tours, and using it to advocate for koalas, plant trees where they are most needed, and remove weeds to improve koala habitat.
Koala Researchers employed by Echidna Walkabout are paid to find koalas and collect information +/- 310 days every year.
All our tour guests play an important part in this research, by making it possible through funding, and by looking out for koalas on our tours.