Coal is an eucalyptus machine that swallows leaves for nutrition and water. But new research shows that these marsupials do not all seek the entry of water vapor from leaves, koalas and, above all, thirst for water, whether bathing for birds, swimming pools or bowls for dogs.
In other words, Koalas has a special “water stem”, especially because climate change causes an increase in heat waves and drought.
“The fact that the koala does not need drinking water and that the name” koala “in Aboriginal language actually means” not drinking “is a permanent myth,” said senior researcher Valentina Mela School of Natural Sciences at the University of Sydney. [Marsh Photo: Cute Sac]
While embers receive most of their water from the leaves they eat, “that’s not always enough,” Mela said directly via email. Climate change initially reduces the water content of this leaf. In addition, these furry mammals cannot simply eat more leaves to quench their thirst. This is because of the increase in carbon dioxide emissions associated with climate change, toxicity – phenols and tannins – in eucalyptus leaves, he said. Coal can handle a certain proportion of these poisons but cannot absorb them indefinitely.
Coal that does not get enough water does not always do it. In 2009, a heat wave in Ganeda, a city in New South Wales, killed about a quarter of the koala population. In addition, the number of koalas on the east coast of Australia has declined due to chlamydia, attacks by wildlife, habitat loss due to deforestation and vehicle collisions. The number of koalas in Queensland and New South Wales has dropped from 326,400 in 1990 to 188,000 in 2010, down 42%, according to the Australian Ministry of Environment and Energy.
To help the bagpipe, Mela and her colleagues created a water station, a kind of wildlife koala. In the first year, the team reached 605 Koala visitors to 10 water station pairs, with 401 visits, which led to a long and refreshing refreshment.
The total number of visits and drinking times in summer doubled like other seasons, indicating that koalas need additional water sources when hot and dry, which can help with thermoregulation, he said.
Artificial irrigation holes can help other dead wildlife, including gliders and possums in Australia and laziness, lemurs and monkeys on other continents, the researchers added.