International Koala Centre of Excellence

The International Koala Centre of Excellence (IKCE)

South Australia is blessed with extraordinary natural beauty and a wide range of native mammals, birds, and reptiles, with the Koala being the most loved and attracting the most attention nationally and internationally. 

To ensure the Koala continues to live safely and thrive within our community, the South Australian Government has established the International Koala Centre of Excellence, a research organisation, which will lead vital research into our understanding of this iconic animal. 

Why do we need an International Koala Centre of Excellence?

In some parts of Australia koalas are listed as vulnerable to extinction, however, koala populations in the Adelaide Mount Lofty Ranges and other parts of South Australia are presently strong. South Australia may have the last of the world’s significant koala populations. But even South Australian koalas are at risk.

Overcrowding and starvation are real issues, as is the spread of disease. Koalas are also threatened as they move about the landscape, entering roads and urban backyards.  Increased koala populations can also damage vital habitat, putting their long-term survival, and the survival of other native species, at risk.

What does the IKCE do?

The IKCE raises funds and directs resources into vital koala research, supporting the work of scientists at universities, in government departments and private organisations. 

One of the IKCE’s other important roles is to foster partnerships with scientists and other stakeholders in Australia and around the world to support koala research. 

While the IKCE doesn’t have a physical presence, the vision is that it will ultimately be co-located at Cleland Wildlife Park.

The centre is governed by an Advisory Board, and has a team of committed scientists and influential ambassadors, who are all working together to support koala conservation - one of the world’s most loved species.  

View our Advisory Board members 


The IKCE Ambassadors



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