Ground-breaking Koala research at Longleat

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A Koala larks about at Longleat<br />
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Groundbreaking research carried out by British scientists may help to secure the long term survival of the 'threatened' koala in the wild.<br />
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They have identified a genetic mutation in the marsupials which causes a kidney disease that affects almost 60 per cent of koalas in captivity and the wild.<br />
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The discovery was made by University of Nottingham researchers while carrying out tests on tragic Wilpena, a southern koala who died at Longleat Safari Park in Wilts last year.<br />
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She had been bought over from Adelaide in Australia with four other koalas last October as part of a conservation programme, but succumbed to oxalate nephrosis in January.<br />
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It is hoped the breakthrough will help them to develop cross-breeding programmes to eradicate the genetic mutation.