Cracking the Koala Code

Cracking the Koala Code

DVD - 2012
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Rating: TV-PG.
From birth to weaning, from territorial disputes to courtship and mating, from brush fires to drought, gum trees are what determine a koala's success or failure, survival or mortality. This film will explore the remarkable bond between the koala and the eucalyptus trees it so depends upon. By following individual koalas from a small social group on an Australian island, NATURE will reveal just how a koala manages to survive and thrive on a diet poisonous to almost all other herbivorous mammals.
Publisher: [United States] : PBS Home Video, 2012
ISBN: 9781608836956
1608836959
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (60 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: PBS Home Video

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Derringer
Sep 13, 2018

I really like Koalas. How about you? These rather peculiar-looking creatures from Australia certainly make some of the most odd-sounding noises that you've ever heard and they sure are a fiercely territorial lot, as you'll soon find out by watching this eye-opening program.

This 60-minute nature-documentary tells the sad, sad story of how man, once again, is mindlessly encroaching on another animal's territory in a big way and, as a result, this critter is being displaced, losing its natural environment, and coming into immediate danger of being almost totally eradicated.

For the most part - This "Cracking the Koala Code" presentation is definitely worth a view.

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Me_Tarzan
Dec 31, 2017

Oh-Oh! It looks like the cute & cuddly (and fiercely territorial) Koalas of Australia's east coast are in big-big trouble these days. And the biggest trouble that's facing these fuzzy, little, bearlike critters can be summed up in just one word - "Man".

Yes. Indeed - Man is seriously encroaching on the Koalas' stomping ground at a truly alarming rate where the forests of precious eucalyptus trees are being relentlessly bulldozed down (left, right, and centre) to make way for (are you ready for this?) "Suburbia".... (groan!)

For the most part - This 52-minute nature-documentary (from PBS) was a pretty interesting presentation as it revealed, plain and simple, the daunting dilemma that daily faces the displaced Koalas (where no helpful solution to the problem appears to be in sight).

Anyway - If you are at all curios about knowing more about Koalas - This is definitely the right documentary for you.

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VRMurphy
Feb 02, 2015

I love documentaries; I can put up with a certain amount of anthropomorphism in nature films, and a bit of humour is always welcome. I could only watch about 15 mins of this one before I had to turn it off, because of the EXTREME soap-operaishness (if that isn't a word, it should be) of the narration. What value existed in the information being related was drowned by the emotions being projected on the animals. This could have been fascinating, given the enroachment of the suburbs into the habitat, and the promised info re the koalas' adaptation to their changed surroundings. I'm surprised that this was a PBS Nature episode, they are usually better than this.

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HereHere
Apr 14, 2014

The focus of this documentary is on the reproductive aspects of koala communication and territory.

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