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|Quiz #352 Results
1. Cleland Wildlife Preserve, Adelaide, Australia
2. Mount Lofty Scenic Route No. 51 to Mount Lofty Summit Road
3. Smokey the Koala
|Answers to Quiz #352
May 20, 2012
|1. Where was the picture taken?
2. What highway would you take to get there?
3. What resident just turned 19 years old?
|Photo courtesy of Ron Fitzpatrick.
|The cap on the assistant reads
National Parks and Wildlife
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Robert and Donald McKenna
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|Cleland Wildlife Park off Mount Lofy
Summit Road near Adelaide, Australia in
To get there:
1. Mapquest Drive from San Francisco,
california to Seattle, Washington and then
kayak across the ocean - through Hawaii
and Japan to Northern Australia and drive
south through Adelaide for about 13,650
miles and 55 days.
2. Orbitz or ?? More direct and shorter
route: Book a flight from Los Angeles,
California to Australia aboard American
Airlines Quantas to Sydney or Melbourne
and on Adelaide - ie 26 hours travel time
arriving two days later and then rent a
car or book a tour bus.
btw: is Ron your brother or your Dad?
Chairman, Transportation Committee
How Robert Solved the Puzzle and Learned about Koalas
|Well, I got off into the weeds on this one for a few minutes.
I initially thought it was going to be really easy. I'd just google 'koala
turns 19', or some variation thereof, and the answer would magically
appear. Sadly, after several permutations yielded no results, I had to
give up on that line of attack (It turns out 'koala celebrates 19th
birthday' was the winning combination, but I didn't discover that
phrase until after I found the answer).
The patch on the employee's cap seemed like the logical place to
start, so I typed in 'South Australia' 'National Parks Wildlife' and
found the Department of Environment and Natural Resources
(DENR) page. I went to the Parks and Gardens tab and initially
clicked on 'All Parks'. Here I discovered that they had over 110 parks
listed on the site. This seemed like too much to go through, and after
poking around on the site for a few more minutes and not
finding anything I decided to go back to the picture and try something
Frustratingly, though, the picture didn't offer much more in the way
of clues. Apart from the patch on the employee's cap, there was
apparently nothing more to say where this photograph was taken. It
was then that I noticed the title of the picture in the URL: 'Andy and
friend exchange a word'. I thought it was possible that the koala and
not the older gentleman was Andy, so I googled 'Andy the koala' and
discovered that there was a koala by that name, and possibly more
than one. I found references to Andy at The Currumbin Wildlife
Sanctuary, the Australia Zoo, and again in Melbourne; nothing,
though, in South Australia.
After several more minutes entertaining ideas like Andy the koala being a traveling attraction
that went from park to park, and looking for references to 19 year old residents in those parks,
I decided to go back to the beginning and start over. It was then that I found the Cleland
Wildlife Park tab on the DENR site and the article about Smokey celebrating his 19th birthday.
Thanks again for another good test Colleen. It was a pleasant
morning learning about koalas and Australia. Not a bad way to start
|Quiz Number 352 ----- 20 May 2012
Picture taken in the National Wild Life Park,
In Southern Australia, so big
At the Cleland Conservatory, there.
Route (1A) to and from Adelaide
Is the come and go of the place.
I am glad that the Guide was curious,
The big clue was the logo on his cap.
Smokey's birthday party was a joy for all.
Andy asked Smokey for a piece of the cake,
Smokey said, " Hah, 'That will be the day.'
It's all gone, Come next year for the bake"
Posted by your correspondents in the field,
Robert and Donald McKenna….
Sometime poet Laureates
Andy was trying to chat up this guy
To have a nice word to say,
Alas he was more into having a snack
Than being the show-bear that day
It was time for his nap so we said our goodbyes
As he ate his leaf and twig candy.
He was just so sleepy and cuddly cute -
Oh I mean the bear and not Andy!
Colleen Fitzpatrick PhD
Forensic Genealogy Home Office
Understudy of Robert Edward McKenna and son Donald
Quiz Poets Laureate
|The Koala Experience
|Happy Birthday Smokey!
Date posted: 23 February 2012
Smokey the koala, one of Cleland’s oldest
residents, recently celebrated his 19th
birthday. The average life expectancy of a
koala in the wild is 10, and between 12 and
14 in captivity, so this was a very special
birthday for Smokey!
Our koala experience is one of the most
popular attractions at Cleland, and while
Smokey has now retired, there are many
other friendly residents who will be happy
to meet you.
|FYI: Ron Fitzpatrick is no known
relation. However, should he ever
proved to be, we will be honored to
accept him into our family. - Q. Gen.
|Did you know that the Koala has fingerprints and is not a bear?
|The Australian government currently lists the koala as a priority
species for conservation status assessment. Government estimates of
the national koala population numbers in the hundreds of thousands,
although other studies have estimated as few as 80,000 koalas left in
the wild. The Australian Koala Foundation in 2008 estimated there are
around 100,000 koalas left in the wild.
As with most native Australian animals, the koala cannot legally be
kept as a pet in Australia or anywhere else. The only people who are
permitted to keep koalas are wildlife carers and, occasionally,
research scientists. These individuals are issued with special permits
to care for koalas, but have to return them to the wild when they are
either well enough or, in the case of joeys, old enough.
The IUCN lists the species as "Least Concern".
In April 2012, it was announced that koalas in NSW, Queensland and
the ACT will be classified as vulnerable under a protected listing by
Federal Environment Minister of the Australian government Tony
The US government has declared the koala a threatened species.
The koala inhabits four Australian states. Under state legislation, the
species is listed as:
Queensland – Listed as "vulnerable".
New South Wales – Listed as "vulnerable".
Australian Capital Territory – Listed as "vulnerable".
South Australia – classified as rare (although the population on
Kangaroo Island is thriving).
Victoria – The koala population in Victoria was considered large and
thriving, according to an article which was last reviewed on 29
The koala was hunted almost to extinction in the early 20th century,
largely for its fur. Millions of furs were traded to Europe and the
United States, and the population has not fully recovered from such
decimations. Extensive cullings occurred in Queensland in 1915,
1917, and again in 1919 when over one million koalas were killed
with guns, poisons, and nooses. The public outcry over the cullings
was most likely the first wide-scale environmental issue that rallied
Australians. Despite the growing movement to protect native species,
the poverty brought about by the drought of 1926–28 led to another
600,000 koalas being killed during a one-month open season in
Today, habitat loss and the impacts of urbanisation (such as dog
attacks and traffic accidents) are the leading threats to the survival of
the koala. In recent years, some colonies have been hard hit by
disease, especially chlamydia. 2011 surveys in Queensland show that
chlamydia has caused symptoms in at least 50 percent of the koala
population. Chlamydia of koalas is not the same as the human form,
but can cause blindness, respiratory infections to all koalas and
infertility of female koalas. Moreover nearly all of the koalas in
Queensland are infected with koala retrovirus which suppresses the
koala's immune system and interferes with its ability to fight off
chlamydia. The koala requires large areas of healthy, connected forest
and will travel long distances along tree corridors in search of new
territory and mates. The increasing human population of the coastal
parts of the continent continues to cut these corridors through
agricultural and residential development, forestry, and road-building,
thereby marooning koala colonies in decreasing areas of bush. The
long-term viability of the koala is therefore threatened by genetic
weakness. The Australian Koala Foundation is the principal
organisation dedicated to the conservation of the koala and its habitat,
mapping 40,000 km2 (15,000 sq mi) of land for koala habitat and
claiming strong evidence that wild koala populations are in serious
decline throughout the species' natural range. Local councils in
growing urban areas with koala populations that have established or
are in the process of establishing planning overlays and controls to
preserve habitat for koalas include the Victorian councils of City of
Ballarat, Macedon Ranges Shire and Glenelg Hopkins Catchment
Management Authority as well as the Queensland councils of
Moreton Bay Regional Council and Redland Shire Council.
Although the species covers a large area, only portions of koala
habitat remain. Presently, many habitats are lost to weeds, clearance
for agriculture, or carved up by developers. Other threats come from
logging, poor management, attacks from feral and domestic animals,
diseases, and roads.
|Present range of koala population.
|Koala Rug Rats