Native animals

The Gympie region is home to over 3600 species of native plants and animals.

The abundance of wildlife is due to our region being in an area where northern tropical and southern temperate native species overlap.

Our coastal wetland environment, region's bushlands, rivers, streams and foreshores provide important habitat for migratory birds, koalas, the Mary River Cod, the Mary River Turtle, the Australian Lungfish and Loggerhead Turtle, to name a few.  

 

Flying foxes

The grey-headed flying-fox is a protected, threatened species that has not only experienced a starvation event earlier this year, but is also currently battling extreme weather.

In an attempt to stay cool, flying foxes are moving their roosts to cooler areas, often near water.

Council is aware of two new, temporary roost sites along the Mary River (near Kidd Bridge) and Commissioners Gully.

Council expects theser roosts sites will be temporary until the weather breaks; however, in the meantime, the community is being encouraged to help by:

  • Not disturbing nests 
    If a roost is disturbed the colony might split, and this could mean that two or three temporary colonies could become many more.

  • Seeking help for sick or injured flying foxes
    Council is reminding the community that if they encounter a sick, injured or orphaned flying-fox, to not touch it. Instead, contact a local wildlife care organisation or the RSPCA Qld 1300 ANIMAL (1300 264 625) so they can arrange for a fully-vaccinated wildlife rescuer to come and help.

Council has prepared a fact sheet for people living nearby one of the temporary flying fox roosts. You can download the fact sheet here.

Koala conservation 

Conservation planning for koalas and their habitat is important to ensure long-term conservation of koalas.

The Koala Conservation Management Plan 2018 has been developed through extensive consultation with Local Natural Resource Management Groups.

It includes both short and long-term goals aimed at reducing the wide range of threats facing koalas in the Gympie region. 

Gympie Regional Council is working collaboratively with the University of the Sunshine Coast on a koala research project. The project aims to determine the antiviral activity of locally-found eucalyptus leaf extracts. Click here to find out more.