Wildlife ecologist George Madani talks at Tea Gardens

George Madani in his climbing gear.


MYALL Coast residents are invited to a special presentation by renowned wildlife ecologist George Madani, who has been tracking koalas in the area since last year.

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George will deliver the results of his intensive study to a public meeting in the Uniting Church hall on Myall Street, Tea Gardens, at 3pm on Thursday 7 November.

In 2018, the Myall Koala and Environment Group invited George and a small team of ecologists and volunteers to carry out a survey of Myall Coast koala habitat and their presence. The survey took place on local private land agreed to by landholders, on Council land and in parts of the National Park.

As part of his public talk presenting his findings, he will also share many little-known facts about koala biology and behaviour. There will be discussion about threats to the vulnerable koala populations in NSW.

George Madani is a freelance wildlife ecologist who specialises in targeted endangered species monitoring programs and remote area fauna surveys. While his chief passion is for illusive micro-bats and obscure frogs, he also scales tall trees to catch koalas for research purposes.

Although George admits that battling belligerent, agile koalas in the heights of the canopy is not his favourite pastime, he certainly values their significance as an umbrella species for the protection of all other creatures that co-exist alongside them.

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