Wild Koala Day – May 3!

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

Stop Killing Koala Trees.

Koalas need forests more than they need money.  Governments have heard our calls to protect koalas, but instead of accepting the science and stopping the destruction, they are trying to buy us off with cash.

There’s been enough compromises. Developers and miners have made plenty of money from bulldozing our forests, money they have not passed on to the rest of us.  Government logging companies cut down our forests, even when they don’t make any money from it, just so that they can win elections. It’s time to say no more, while we still have koalas.

Developers: find land elsewhere. Rehabilitate old industrial or mining land.  Renovate old housing developments.  Native forest is not yours, it’s ours.  If we leave it up to you, it will all be gone.

Miners: its time to clean up your mess.  Mine sites are required by law to be rehabilitated after you finish with them.  It almost never happens, and your eyesores are all over our country.  You can afford to do better – mining companies make billions.

Politicians and planners: will you continue to chop down our native forests with your own bulldozers?  Will you keep saying “yes” to your developer mates until all our native forest is gone?  Community groups have been telling you for decades that they don’t want their natural land destroyed. But you’ve let it continue.  Act for us, that is your job, no matter how hard it might be.

On Wild Koala Day we encourage everyone to register to plant a tree, sign a petition to protect a forest, or phone a politician to show them we care about koalas and that they need to stop killing koala trees.

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

May 3 is Wild Koala Day

So how can you help koalas?

Support community groups that oppose development, mining and native forestry.
Call your local council and ask them for their policy on protecting forests.
  • How many housing developments have been refused approval in the last 12 months? How many have been given approval?
Call your state government and ask them why they continue to support native forestry and mining.
  • Why don’t they enforce mining regulations to rehabilitate the land after the mine has ceased?
  • How much do they subsidise the native forestry industry? Why don’t they spend that money helping the workers to transition to other industries?

More detail and links here

This wonderful video was created by wildlife photographers Linda Barnes & David Mackenzie for Wild Koala Day 2021. See more of their work here

We must act now. Or it will be too late. 

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!.