* Development of a lightweight trap for catching koalas.

Author: 
Stephen Phillips
Publisher: 
Australian Zoologist
Abstract: 

Traditionally, the capture of koalas for research and/or management purposes involves various procedures, most of which employ a combination of telescopic poles, flags and/or nooses, usually in conjunction with a variable  (but by  no means  commensurate)  measure of  arboreality on the part of researchers. The purpose of this paper is to describe a lightweight trapping device that has proven effective in the capture of free-ranging koalas. Trap specifications and the results from a pilot study are presented with a view to broader acceptance of the technique as an acceptable method of koala capture that offers a number of advantages when compared to more traditional techniques.