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Six tips for avoiding collisions with koalas and other native animals on the road

11 Aug 2023
Koala safety & health

Each year, millions of native animals are struck by vehicles while crossing roads, resulting in injury and often death. In New South Wales, vehicle strike has played a key role in the decline of koalas and is one of the leading reasons koalas are admitted into care.

While animals can often be unpredictable when on or near a road, there are steps you can take to significantly reduce the odds of colliding with wildlife while driving.

1. Reduce speed
Higher vehicle speeds may increase the risk of colliding with wildlife. By simply slowing down, drivers can reduce the risk of collision and injury severity, increasing animals' chances of survival.

2. Stay alert
Animals can be more active during dawn and dusk and in areas near waterholes and creeks. They can be fast and unpredictable when attempting to cross roads. Stay alert and expect the unexpected.

3. Follow animal warning signs
Take note of warning signs, pavement treatments and rumble strips alerting you to the presence of animals in the area. If you see these signs, slow down, stay alert and be prepared to stop if required.

4. Brake safely
If you spot an animal nearby, apply your brakes in a careful, controlled manner. Leave space and pass with care when it is safe to do so.

5. Don't swerve
Take great care if you manoeuvre to avoid an animal. You may lose control of your vehicle if you swerve too harshly.

6. Report injured wildlife
If you find an injured, sick or distressed animal, it is critical that you contact a licensed wildlife carer as soon as possible. Call the Wires Rescue Line on 1300 094 737 or use the IFAW Wildlife Rescue App to find the closest licensed carer to contact.


Avoid Wildlife Collisions While Driving