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How smart roads can help koalas beat traffic

Koala2 reducedAustralian cities can keep their precious koalas from ending up as road kill – if they plan their roads properly, environmental scientists say.

A new study at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) reveals that expanding existing highways, instead of building new roads, is the best way to minimise the impact of increasing traffic and growing cities on koalas.

"The impact of roads on wildlife is growing rapidly as we continue to expand our cities," says Dr Jonathan Rhodes from CEED and The University of Queensland (UQ). "Animals worldwide, including mammals, birds, reptiles and frogs, are increasingly threatened by high traffic volumes."

Read Media Release HERE   PLoS ONE article this work is based on HERE and J. Applied Ecology paper HERE

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