Koala Plantation Program

    We have an onsite plantation used to provide leaves for the Koalas.  We also have other people in the community who allow us access to the trees they grow for agroforestry.  This enables us to provide to Koalas with a varied diet.  It also provides leaves at different growth cycles.  We have found that the Koalas prefer Tasmanian Blue Gum, followed by Manna Gum and Messmate.

 Koalas eat a variety of eucalyptus species (Gum trees).  Of the known 58 species of eucalypt trees that koalas include in their diet, we have planted 15 different species of these on our property.  We have included both feed and browse species in our plantations.  Some species are included as a trail.  The feed trees make up the majority of the species planted.  Throughout their range, Koalas eat a small majority of the species listed, as the trees are found along the whole eastern coast of Australia.  Many species are very restricted in their ranges.

     Koalas are known to eat other species of trees like acacias, bottlebrush, pine needles and even grass.  These species are not included in the list as these are very isolated incidents and Koalas could not survive on this diet.  

 

Koala Feed Tree Species List

 Feed ( Main tree species frequently eaten)  

 

Browse ( occasionally eaten)

Scientific Name Common Name Planted   Food Type
Eucalyptus acaciiformis Wattle-leaved Peppermint Browse
Eucalyptus amplifolia Cabbage gum Browse
Eucalyptus baxteri Brown Stringybark Browse
Eucalyptus bicostata Victorian Blue Gum Feed
Eucalyptus blakelyi Blakely's Red Gum Browse
Eucalyptus bosistoana Coast Grey-box Browse
Eucalyptus botryoides Southern Mahogany/ Bangalay Browse
Eucalyptus bridgesiana But-But, Apple Box Browse
Eucalyptus camaldulensis  River Red-gum Feed
Eucalyptus cambageanna Coowarra Box/ Dawson Gum/ Dawson River Blackbutt Browse
Eucalyptus camphora Mountain Swamp-gum/ Broad-leaved Sallee Browse
Eucalyptus cephalocarpa Mealy Stringybark Browse
Eucalyptus cinerea  Argyle Apple/ Mealy Stringybark Browse
Eucalyptus citriodora Lemon-scented Gum Browse
Eucalyptus coolabah Coolibah Browse
Eucalyptus creba Narrow-leafed Red Ironbark Browse
Eucalyptus cypellocarpa Mountain Grey-gum Browse
Eucalyptus dalrympleana Mountain Gum Browse
Eucalyptus dives Broad-leaved Peppermint Browse
Eucalyptus drepanophylla Queensland Grey Ironbark Browse
Eucalyptus fibrosa Broad-leaved Red Ironbark Browse
Eucalyptus globulus Tasmanian Blue-gum/ Southern Blue-gum Feed
Eucalyptus goniocalyx Long-leaf Box/ Bundy Feed
Eucalyptus grandis Flooded Gum Browse
Eucalyptus haemastoma Scribbly Gum / Sclerophylla Browse
Eucalyptus largiflorens Black Box Browse
Eucalyptus leucoxylon Yellow Gum Feed
Eucalyptus macrorhyncha Red Stringybark Browse
Eucalyptus maculata Spotted Gum Browse
Eucalyptus melliodora Yellow Box Browse
Eucalyptus microcarpa Grey Box Browse
Eucalyptus microcorys Tallowood Feed
Eucalyptus moluccana  Grey Box Browse
Eucalyptus muellerana Yellow Stringybark Browse
Eucalyptus nicholii  Narrow-leaveded Black Peppermint/ Willow Peppermint Browse
Eucalyptus obliqua Messmate Stringybark Browse
Eucalyptus orgadophilia Mountain Coolibah Browse
Eucalyptus ovata Swamp Gum Feed
Eucalyptus pauciflora Snow Gum Browse
Eucalyptus pilularis Blackbutt Feed
Eucalyptus polyanthemos Red Box Browse
Eucalyptus populnea Poplar Box/ Bimble Box Browse
Eucalyptus propinqua Small Fruited Grey Gum Feed
Eucalyptus pryoriana Gippsland Manna Gum Browse
Eucalyptus punctata Grey Gum Feed
Eucalyptus racemosa Scribbly Gum / sclerophylla Browse
Eucalyptus radiata Narrow-leaved Peppermint Browse
Eucalyptus resinifera Red Mahogany Browse
Eucalyptus robusta Swamp Mahogany Browse
Eucalyptus rubida Candlebark Browse
Eucalyptus salgina Sydney Blue Gum Feed
Eucalyptus scoparia  Wallangarra White Gum Browse
Eucalyptus tereticornis Gippsland Red Gum Feed
Eucalyptus tessellaris Carbeen/ Moreton Bay Ash Browse
Eucalyptus thozetiana Mountain Yapungah Browse
Eucalyptus umbra Broad-leaved White Mahogany Browse
Eucalyptus viminalis Manna Gum Feed
Eucalyptus willisii Shinning Peppermint Browse

 

The trees planted help feed our koalas and also help offset our carbon emissions and the emission of our guests.  

In the future we hope excess foliage can be used for koalas in rehabilitation programs.

 

Fauna Australia Wildlife Retreat 2009