Daylight saving could save koalas—23 November 2016

An ARC-funded study, led by The University of Queensland, has found that adopting daylight saving time in South-East Queensland could help koala conservation.

Koala numbers have declined in the Brisbane region by 80 per cent in the past 20 years, due to cars, dogs and disease.

Researchers tracked wild koalas and compared their movements with traffic patterns along roads where they were often killed. 

ARC Future Fellow, Associate Professor Robbie Wilson, from The University of Queensland School of Biological Sciences, said the study found daylight saving time would decrease car collisions with koalas by eight per cent on weekdays and 11 per cent on weekends.

“If we can reduce the number of animals hit on the roads by making a simple change like this, then conservation and road safety should become part of the debate on daylight saving,” Associate Professor Wilson said.

 

Media issued by The University of Queensland.

Image: Koala By Itself In A Tree.
Image courtesy: Rob D at FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

Original Published Date: 
Wednesday, November 23, 2016