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World’s First and Largest Koala Sanctuary

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.