ZAA member, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary opened their new world-class koala science and research facility, the Brisbane Koala Science Institute, on Saturday, 30th June 2018.
Constructed in collaboration with the Brisbane City Council, the facility is home to two full-time research staff, a research laboratory, and a ‘Koala Biobank’ (koala genetic depository). Through joint projects with universities and other research establishments, the Institute will be working towards real, practical outcomes for local koala populations.
“Our major collaborative project with researchers from the University of the Sunshine Coast aims to understand the role that disease plays in our local koala populations and explore effective practical management solutions”, says Joanna Horsfall, one of the Institute’s researchers. “In partnership with QUT, we are investigating the use of drones and artificial intelligence for wild koala detection and improved population management”.
Taking advantage of the sanctuary’s central location, Lone Pine hopes to improve collaboration within the science community through the use of the Institutes’ meeting spaces and seminar hall.
“The first event will be held on the 19th July 2018, which will bring together the likes of researchers, vets, and policymakers to share recent koala research outcomes”, says Lone Pine’s General Manager, Robert Friedler.
Guests to Lone Pine will be able to enjoy the Institute daily from 9am-5pm, via the public viewing area complete with interactive displays, koala skywalk, and viewing windows into the sanctuary’s wildlife kitchen, research laboratory, and wildlife hospital. Access to the facility is included in entry to the sanctuary.