Scientists seek SEQ urban kangaroo sightings - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

Accessibility links

USC News

Scientists seek SEQ urban kangaroo sightings

2 Jun 2021

If you’ve seen a kangaroo or wallaby around your part of town recently, researchers from USC Australia want to know about it for a study that could bolster protection efforts.

USC wildlife ecologist Dr Beth Brunton is leading the study to understand the occurrence and distribution of kangaroos and wallabies across South East Queensland for comparison against historical data.

“Our community survey in 2015 showed a decline in many kangaroo populations over the past two decades,” Dr Brunton said.

“As habitat loss and road kills of kangaroos have increased in recent years, we want to know if populations are still declining and where they are most at risk.

“We’d like to hear from local people who have seen kangaroos and wallabies on their property or surrounds or who have knowledge of kangaroos in their area. Everyone is invited to share their experiences and knowledge to benefit wildlife conservation in our region.”

She has created an online survey where residents can record their sightings. The anonymous survey takes about 10-20 minutes to complete.

Dr Brunton said the information would help her team to work with local and state governments to ensure future protection for populations that are at risk by establishing recommendations for sustainable management of threatened populations.

She said South East Queensland’s wildlife populations had been placed under increased pressure due to urban encroachment and development.

“There has been a decline in up to 40 percent of populations of Eastern grey kangaroo, especially in coastal areas where urbanisation is greatest,” she said. “We’d like to know if the decline has continued in the last few years. There is also little known about many wallaby species across the region.

“In gathering information about the trends across the wider region, we want to hear from residents. There is a wealth of knowledge out there in our community.”

Related articles

Aunty Judi Wickes
NAIDOC Week holds joy, sorrow for Aunty Judi
8 Jul

NAIDOC Week holds great significance each year for Aunty Judi Wickes, a long-term Indigenous Services staff member at USC.

Images of marine bioproducts produced from algae, including dry algae powder and astaxanthin capsules.
USC part of Marine Bioproducts research centre
30 Jun

USC Australia is set to play a key role in a Marine Bioproducts Cooperative Research Centre (MB-CRC) that was announced today by the Australian Government.

Student research supported by Rotary scholarships
14 Jun

Three compelling USC student research projects spanning creative writing, biotechnology and molecular biology have each gained a $4,500 boost from the combined Rotary clubs of the Sunshine Coast.

Contact the USC media team

Name Position Email Phone
Terry Walsh Manager, Media and Messaging +61 7 5430 1160
Janelle Kirkland Media Relations Coordinator +61 7 5459 4553
Clare McKay Media Relations Officer (Regional) +61 7 5456 5669

Search results for

Recent news