Wild Koala Day – May 3!

A day to celebrate wild koalas and protect their habitats.  Tag #wildkoaladay

Get involved in Wild Koala Day…

Share a wild koala photograph on facebook, instagram or twitter and tag #wildkoaladay

Go outside, pick up a gum leaf from the ground and pin it to your shirt. Write Wild Koala Day on it.  If you can’t find a gum leaf, any leaf will do. 

In Australia, phone your local politician on Wild Koala Day and say “Its Wild Koala Day, and koalas are important to me”.

Wild Koala walks to tourist

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Wild Koala Day 2019: Wear a gum leaf to show you love koalas

On Friday May 3 koala conservationists are asking everyone to go outside, pick up a gum leaf from the ground and pin it on your shirt.

Gum leaves are the perfect symbol for a day to celebrate wild koalas: they are biodegradable, 100% natural and critical to koala survival.

Saving koalas is about saving our forests. Koalas are to gum leaves what chickens are to eggs.

Koalas need larger areas of eucalyptus forest than most people realise. Wild koalas are suffering from a perfect storm of attacks, and only by protecting healthy eucalyptus forest, and planting new forest, will we save them.

Read more about what is causing koalas to decline and how we can help on Wild Koala Day.

On Wild Koala Day we encourage everyone to plant a tree, protect a forest, or wear a gum leaf to show your leaders you care about koalas.

Other ways you can help koalas on May 3 Wild Koala Day:

• Change your social media profile pic to a koala
• post a picture of a wild koala, tag #wildkoaladay and mention where you saw it
• Attend one of the many Wild Koala Day events Australia-wide

We must protect koalas if we are to protect The Bush. Koalas are an indicator species – they show the health of their ecosystem – if koalas are dying, the forest is dying.

Koalas are Australia’s climate mascot.

 

 

 

A concerned group of koala conservationists, Australia-wide, have declared

May 3 is Wild Koala Day

So how can you help the koalas that live with you?

Before buying a house, look for:
  • Developments that have not cut down any native trees. Developments on old, cleared farmland, and old housing or industrial sites are suitable.
  • Developments that have preserved or added to wildlife corridors. Development-scale wildlife corridors should be wider than 100metres, continuous, preferably beside streams or waterways and not alongside roads. Note: A single line of trees is not a wildlife corridor.
Questions to ask your local council:
  • Do they have wildlife crossings over or under roads? If not, why?
  • Do they have a plan for protecting native wildlife in the region?
  • Do they have a plan for creating and/or preserving large regional-scale wildlife corridors between substantial areas of koala habitat?
  • When is their next community tree planting day?

More detail and links here

Climate change & deforestation

Koalas are one of the 10 species worldwide most at risk from climate change.  This is due to a ‘perfect storm’ of effects: increasing aridity, increasing frequency of wildfire, increasing length & severity of droughts and heatwaves – all leading to stress and increasing disease.  Add to this the scientifically-recorded damaging effect of increased carbon dioxide on eucalyptus leaves (leads to higher toxins and lower nutritional compounds) and the koala is running out of time.  Only by increasing koala habitat – examples include the Great Koala National Park and Great Forest National Park proposals – will improve their chances.

Meanwhile, Australia is removing koala habitat at a catastrophic rate. Queensland is one of the world’s worst places for deforestation, up there with Brazil.  Deforestation also continues at an alarming pace in NSW and Victoria.  There is just no need for this.  Tourism (which requires koalas) is already a much more profitable industry than agriculture, contributing twice as much revenue as agriculture and twice as many jobs.

Humans are the biggest problem for koalas, but also the solution. Koalas and humans want to live in the same places in Australia, and though most people love koalas, with people come cars and dogs – both deadly to koalas. Over 4000 koalas are killed by dogs each year and many more are killed by cars.

Some of the people involved in this group are volunteer wildlife rescuers.  They are the people on call all day, everyday to rescue the koalas that survive incidents with cars and dogs, and then attempt to treat and rehabilitate them and return them to their homes.

People hold the key to the survival of koalas.  We can live together.  Drive carefully, especially at night, dusk & dawn; restrain your dog; plant koala trees and preserve existing forest;  support developments and councils that plan for a healthy environment that includes wildlife and get involved with Wild Koala Day!.