Dataset containing incidental koala sightings in South East Queensland, Australia between 1997-2013.

This dataset consists of a single Excel spreadsheet, reporting the locations of incidental koala sightings in South East Queensland, Australia between 1997-2013.

The dataset was extracted from the KoalaBASE database, which was developed by the University of Queensland's School of Veterinary in collaboration with the Department of Environment and Science and is available at www.koalabase.com.au. The data which were extracted from KoalaBASE included geo-referenced sightings of live koalas by members of the public between 1997-2013, with records relating to koalas which were injured, dead or euthanised excluded from the analysis.

The aim of the related study was to describe spatial and temporal trends in koala presence, to estimate koala sighting density and to identify biases associated with sightings of koalas by members of the public.

The dataset consists of crowdsourced koala sightings data for South East Queensland, and includes the Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the sightings, and the month and the year that the sightings occurred. A total of 14,076 sightings are included in the dataset. The latitude-longitude data which had been available in the original data extracted from KoalaBASE have been removed from the dataset due to the status of koalas as a threatened species.