Playrope Aqua-Fun, are the Australian & New Zealand exclusive distributors for Vortex Aquatic Structures International, the world leader in aquatic playgrounds and urban water landscapes.…read more
Dreamworld highlights perilous state of koala colonies
Gold Coast theme park Dreamworld is encouraging visitors to cuddle 11 new additions to their family of 60 koalas.
More importantly Dreamworld is also urging people to be mindful of the perilous state of koala colonies across south east Queensland.
Dreamworld Life Sciences General Manager Al Mucci said if trends continued no more koalas would exist east of the Pacific Highway between Brisbane and the southern border.
Mucci explained "the problem is about much more than just trees.
"For their habitats they need reasonable tracts of land and, these reserves, they're not linked which leads to koalas becoming isolated, inbred and diseased."
Mucci said the fun side of Dreamworld, cuddling an international icon, is not to be ignored, but the serious side was their "cousins in the wild" and comments on Dreamworld's koalaland blog highlights the outrage many felt about koalas' plight.
Mucci adds "it's been found that the genetics of our koalas is better than that of wild koalas.
"Overseas visitors are shocked that an animal they identify so clearly with Australia is faring so badly, and we want to educate anyone involved with the management of land, from governments to home buyers, that the decisions they make can affect koala habitats."
Mucci said the 11 joeys were the largest number of new koalas Dreamworld had had in six years.
"Of the 11 (five of which are female and the other two male) only seven have come out of the pouch.
"Having more females than males is great for our future breeding programs."
Mucci recalls a sobering experience when he was travelling to Dreamworld past the Coombabah Reserve one evening.
"I saw about 50 people surrounding a man with a jacket who looked like he was in a bullfight.
"He was trying to stop a koala moving across the road to someone's backyard.
"I stopped and grabbed the koala; everyone was in shock because it was screaming.
"It was female, I could tell it had been sick for a while and males had been beating it up and trying to mate with it ï¾ but there was no escape."
Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?
The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.
However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.
Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.
Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.
Click here to subscribe.
The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.
SeatGeek is a search engine and mobile-focused ticket marketplace that allows fans to buy and sell tickets for live events. As of August 2018, SeatGeek has exited the Australian, New…read more
Technogym is the leading company in the Wellness and Fitness field all over the world. With 2,200 employees, 14 branches in Europe, U.S., South America, Asia and Australia, Technogym exports its…read more
SGL is an innovative and progressive lifestyle, leisure and community consulting practice, operated by Phillip Gray and active since 1988. SGL has undertaken an extensive range of sport,…read more
Links Modular Solutions are a leading provider of high-quality, innovative software solutions for leisure facilities. Our software suite includes modules such as POS, Classes, Members, Facility…read more
METRA Australia is your innovation partner for smart electronic locking, Access Control solutions and cashless payment systems to suit all types of leisure facilities. Our team’s…read more
Swimplex Aquatics are a world-class company dedicated to the commercial pool, waterslide industry. We are Australian market leaders servicing all states Australia wide. Swimplex provide a full…read more
get listed with our suppliers directory
Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!