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LONE PINE KOALA SANCTUARY
Since 1927

 

Meet a koala, hand-feed kangaroos and engage with a large variety of Australian wildlife in Lone Pine's beautiful, natural settings.  Guests experience happy, healthy animals and engaged staff, as well as the opportunity to support conservation and enjoy educational opportunities.

As leaders of knowledge, we are dedicated to research and the discovery of new information.
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary conducts many internal and collaborative projects across multiple fields including; wildlife, plants, visitor studies, and education.

Wildlife Research
Collaborating with universities, governments and other reputable organisations, Lone Pine has contributed to hundreds of wildlife research projects. Below are some examples of the types of projects Lone Pine has been involved in and continues to support.

Koala, Phascolarctos cinereus
As the world’s first and largest koala sanctuary, we have contributed to the publication of numerous research articles. Dedicated to improving our knowledge of this iconic marsupial, we will continue to support research investigating koala behaviour, anatomy, physiology, captive management, nutrition, reproduction and development. Examples of koala research projects of which Lone Pine has been involved include:

1990 Growth & development captive management guide
1995 Discovery of new koala gut bacterial species 'Lonepinella koalarum'
1998 First koala born following artificial insemination
2000 Establishing & managing eucalyptus plantations
2007 Sexual behaviour & vocalisations in captive female koalas
2012 Acoustic analysis: Investigating koala vocalisations
2014 Significant contribution to the development of Chlamydia vaccine

Mary River turtle, Elusor macrurus
Collaborating with Tiaro Landcare in 2016, reptile keepers from Lone Pine attended a field-based population monitoring project at Obi Obi Creek. Listed as endangered, the monitoring of this species will assist with conservation management.

Reptiles in Captivity
Contributing to effective captive management, staff during the early 1990s published information on the behaviour, reproduction and nutrition of Bearded Dragons (Pogona barbata), Knob-Tailed Geckos (Nephrurus), Green Tree snake (Dendrelaphis punctulata) and New Zealand Geckos.



Visitor Evaluation
With the assistance of student volunteers, Lone Pine investigates the effectiveness of internal communication tools.

Exhibit signage
Applying social science methodology, we are investigating visitor engagement with animal information signs at exhibits. Focusing on the level and duration of engagement, we can better understand the effectiveness of exhibit signs as a communication tool.

Digital signage
Lone Pine has recently developed and implemented multi-lingual digital signs, accessible by visitor’s personal portable devices. Monitoring the number and duration of visits to each beta-testing sign, we are able to measure the success of this innovative communication tool, and improve the application to ensure all visitors can easily access information about Australian native wildlife.

 

 

 

 

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  • Baby Animals
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  • Brisbane Koala Science Institute
  • Community
  • Conservation
  • Diet
  • Enrichment
  • Exhibit Design
  • Green Products
  • Koalas
  • Research
  • Sustainability
  • Technology
  • Threatened Species
  • Wildlife
  • Wildlife Hospital
  • As leaders of knowledge, we are dedicated to research and the discovery of new information.
    Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary conducts

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  • Green Team
    Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary has created a Green Team to research and evaluate our environmental impact and we

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  • Supporting local businesses
    Electricians, plumbers, sustainable technology companies, and construction and maintenance crews are all hired from the local area.

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  • Work and Volunteer Opportunities

    We are currently seeking expressions of interest for the below positions. Please email your interest to

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  • Teaming up with Happy Paws Happy Hearts

    Coming up with new and exciting enrichment ideas can be tricky and time

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    • Community
    • Enrichment
  • Beating the Heat - Handy Tips for Keeping Animals Cool

    Whilst the official first day of summer is still a couple

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    • Enrichment
  • Why we're batty for flying foxes

    Some of our keepers have recently become new mums, but not in the way

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    • Baby Animals
    • Conservation
    • Threatened Species
    • Wildlife
    • Wildlife Hospital
  • Make your New Year's resolution a green one

    “Be the change that you wish to see in the world"
    - Mahatma

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    • Community
    • Green Products
    • Sustainability
  • The Science of Saving Koalas

    At Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, we believe strongly in making scientific, fact-based decisions and connecting

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    • Brisbane Koala Science Institute
    • Conservation
    • Koalas
    • Research
    • Threatened Species
    • Wildlife
  • Tale of a Tail: Repairing broken feathers for 'Maverick' the falcon

    We all know more or less what’s involved in

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    • Birds
    • Wildlife Hospital
  • The Five Domains Series: Nutrition & satisfying some of the world's pickiest eaters

    Lone Pine recently received recognition from the

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    • Diet
    • Koalas
    • Threatened Species
  • Getting a Grip on Plastic Pollution

    March 3rd is World Wildlife Day, and this year’s theme is “Life Below Water:

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    • Birds
    • Conservation
    • Enrichment
    • Wildlife
    • Wildlife Hospital
  • Meet the Team - Frank

    Meet Frank, our Wildlife Curator, who joined the Lone Pine family in 2011. As curator, Frank

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    • Exhibit Design
    • Technology
  • Hermit's Journey

    Like all marsupials, koalas give birth to tiny, underdeveloped young called ‘joeys’. Born with no fur, underdeveloped eyes

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    • Baby Animals
    • Koalas
    • Threatened Species
    • Wildlife Hospital
  • Chilling with the platypodes: how we use the Earth's heat to keep our boys cool

    Platypuses, or platypodes (not platypi,

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    • Exhibit Design
    • Sustainability
    • Technology
  • Building a Rainforest for our Tree Frogs

    One of our greatest privileges is providing safe and enriching homes for the

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    • Exhibit Design
    • Technology
  • Celebrating 12 months of the Brisbane Koala Science Institute

    We cannot believe it has almost been a year since the

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    • Brisbane Koala Science Institute
    • Koalas
    • Research
    • Sustainability
  • Spirit’s Story

    With an impressive wingspan of around 2.3 metres, wedge-tailed eagles rule the skies as Australia’s largest birds of

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    • Birds
    • Enrichment
    • Technology
    • Wildlife Hospital
  • What is the 'Eucalyptus Snout Beetle' - An interview with Natalia Medeiros De Souza

    Here at Lone Pine, we not only

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    • Community
    • Conservation
    • Koalas
    • Research
  • Pap feeding: Get the scoop on this super poop

    Find out exactly why koala joeys eat their mums' poo as

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  • The 5 Domains Series: Health - Managing hypothyroidism in Tanami the dingo 

    Part of providing positive animal welfare is ensuring that

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  • Reptile Enrichment: Stimulating the senses of our scaly friends

    Reptiles are arguably some of the most stigmatised and misunderstood creatures

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  • Brush Turkeys: Learning to love these feathered friends

    The determined “scritch-scratch” shuffling of leaves is a sound that causes many

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