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Elderly Koala Climbs Tough Tree

Elderly Koala Climbs Tough Tree

Koalas climb trees every day. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy for them. Pat is an old female koala – she’s 15 years old, which would be equivalent to about 85 or 90 years for a human. She lives in the wild in the You Yangs, near Melbourne, and every day she has to...

Orchids of East Gippsland

Orchids of East Gippsland

East Gippsland, the eastern region of the state of Victoria Australia, is rich in wildflowers, particularly orchids. Over 200 species of orchid occur in less than 10% of the state – that’s over half Victoria’s total of around 360 orchids. Orchids are fascinating,...

Use your holidays to help Australian wildlife

Use your holidays to help Australian wildlife

by Janine Duffy Devastating bushfires in the Australian summer of 2019-2020 has changed everything for Australian wildlife. Maybe it's time for us to change too: to change the way we travel. This year, consider using your holidays to help animals. Following is a list...

5 Amazing Facts: Tawny Frogmouth Behaviour

5 Amazing Facts: Tawny Frogmouth Behaviour

Bird or branch? When we introduce travellers to their first Tawny Frogmouth there is a moment of disbelief. “Where?” they ask. “Right there, on the branch,” we reply. “All I can see is a branch.” “Yes, that branch is a bird.” The branch opens it’s eyes. “Oooohhhh!”...

Koalas are posh

Koalas are posh

The personality of koalas: Koalas are posh. Koalas have been in the news a lot lately, because they have been hit hard by climate change, bushfires, drought and cruelty. The pictures have been awful, and the reality maybe even worse. It is important...

Have fun, protect wildlife

Have fun, protect wildlife

by Jessica Toreto, Brazil Koalas & Kangaroos in the Wild tour is an incredible opportunity to have fun, spend the day out in the bush, look for wildlife and, at the same time, protect nature. .. In the morning we looked for koalas. We were fortunate to see four of...

Bushfires 2020: What are we doing?

Bushfires 2020: What are we doing?

Since the fires began, Echidna Walkabout has dedicated many hours to planning, advocacy for koalas and advice to koala groups.  Co-owner Janine Duffy is currently volunteering full time on koala projects. .. Our not for profit, Koala Clancy Foundation is fundraising...

Cool As: Rock-Wallabies of Australia

Cool As: Rock-Wallabies of Australia

Rock Wallaby? What is a rock wallaby? A wallaby is a well known Australian animal, and a member of Australia’s national rugby team. Normally when you put the word rock in front of something it makes it harder and cooler. Rock climbing: Climbing, but harder. Rock...

Koala Future: Joeys of 2019

Koala Future: Joeys of 2019

Do koalas have a future in the wild? We think they do. In the You Yangs near Melbourne, a population of healthy wild koalas have been monitored for 14 years by Echidna Walkabout & Koala Clancy Foundation. The population is declining, but that is not because of the...

Night sounds of the Northern Territory

Night sounds of the Northern Territory

At night, the Northern Territory Top End is for listening. There’s a special tropical hum in the air – the wonderful sound of healthy insect populations, particularly crickets and katydids, that come to life after dark in the Top End. But there’s another sound, a...

Frill-necked Lizard in Kakadu

Frill-necked Lizard in Kakadu

“Frilly!!” The vehicle swiftly pulled over and did a U-turn on the Arnhem Highway, somewhere in Kakadu between the South Alligator and Mary Rivers, Northern Territory. Frilly was still there, standing up with that upright posture that dragon lizards (agamids) have....

Antilopine Kangaroos of northern Australia

Antilopine Kangaroos of northern Australia

Antilopine Kangaroos / Wallaroos Osphranter (Macropus) antilopinus are large, graceful kangaroos of the tropical savannahs of Northern Australia. They replace the Red Kangaroo north of about 19 S latitude and are similar in colour and behaviour. They overlap a little...

5 reasons to learn birds at the Katherine Bird Festival

5 reasons to learn birds at the Katherine Bird Festival

Come to the Katherine Bird Festival this September There’s lots of great reasons why you should learn birds in Katherine — and they’re not all bird related! Do you love colourful birds? The most psychedelic of them all may be Australia’s tiny Gouldian Finch (pictured...

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About Koala Kallama

About Koala Kallama

Kallama Origin of name: Kallama is taken from the word “everywhere” in the Wathaurong/Wadawurrung language around the You Yangs. That’s where we want koalas: everywhere they can be. Known since: He emerged on 17 June 2020, which makes his birthday around mid December...

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Enjoy Kakadu : 5 best tips

Enjoy Kakadu : 5 best tips

To enjoy Kakadu take your time says Kakadu Guide, Roger Smith “Rushing Kakadu doesn't work. Spend at least two full weeks in the Top End. Stay a few days in Darwin acclimatising, it’s a city like no other in Australia, vibrating with culture, markets, wildlife and...

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Tourism Helps Western Australia’s Whale Sharks

Tourism Helps Western Australia’s Whale Sharks

MEDIA RELEASE 16 April 2021, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tourism Helps Western Australia’s Whale Sharks Around the world Whale Sharks are declining, but Ningaloo’s best practice tourism is helping this endangered species to thrive. Conservation Travel expert Janine Duffy...

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Amazing new facts about Whale Sharks

Amazing new facts about Whale Sharks

New Facts about Whale Sharks: they recover quickly from wounds and may even regrow parts of their bodies; Big ships are hurting them, but Western Australia’s tour operators are helping; Globally endangered, but increasing at Ningaloo Reef; Male Whale Sharks grow fast when young, females grow bigger but more slowly; Whale Sharks give birth to live young, 300 at a time, but almost nothing is known about their breeding

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Mallacoota Birders Big Weekend March 2021

Mallacoota Birders Big Weekend March 2021

Four days, 43 birders, 151 bird species, 3 boat trips, $1275+ for bushfire recovery, a truckload of fish & chips and quite a few bottles of wine… this was the second annual Mallacoota Birders Big Weekend over Labour Day Holiday, 5 – 9 March 2021. We were so busy!...

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