The Conservation of Widely Distributed Species: Implications of Differences Between Western and Eastern Koala Populations

Seabrook, L.
McAlpine, C.
Baxter, G.
Bradley, A.
Rhodes, J.
Price, B.
Lunney, D.
Australian Rangeland Society
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Regional variation in species-habitat relationships, where species have natural geographic ranges extending over multiple biogeographic regions, has seldom been studied (Whittingham et al. 2005) and simple conservation rules, uniformly applied over multiple regions, may be ineffective for these species. The koala is one such species. It is widely distributed in eastern Australia, extending over 30 bioregions from Queensland to South Australia. Studies in southern and eastern Australia have reported sensitivity to landscape change, urbanisation and amount and connectivity of high quality habitat (Rhodes et al. 2006; McAlpine et al. 2006a; 2006b). Populations are in decline due to habitat loss and fragmentation, dog attacks, vehicle collisions and disease (ANZECC 1998). However, we have little idea whether these relationships hold generally across the koala’s broad geographic range and management of western koala populations based purely on data from eastern populations is a risky strategy. ...
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15th Biennial Conference of the Australian Rangeland Society, Charters Towers Queensland
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Sunday, September 28, 2008
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Conference Paper
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Use this form to cite paper: Anderson, L., van Klinken, R. D., and Shepherd, D. (2008). Aerially surveying Mesquite (Prosopis spp.) in the Pilbara. In: 'A Climate of Change in the Rangelands. Proceedings of the 15th Australian Rangeland Society Biennial Conference'. (Ed. D. Orr) 4 pages. (Australian Rangeland Society: Australia).
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