Wild Koala Day – May 3!
Get involved in Wild Koala Day…
Share a wild koala photograph on social media 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, or cut one out of recycled paper.
6 minutes in a wild koalas life…. live from the You Yangs
Wear a gum leaf on May 3 to celebrate koalas
You can’t wear a wild koala on Wild Koala Day but you can wear the thing they need most: gum leaves.
Gum leaves are the perfect symbol for Wild Koala Day: they are biodegradable, 100% natural and critical to koala survival.
Koalas have survived a terrible year, and now it’s time for us to help them. You can do from home, wherever you are!
In the leadup to Wild Koala Day use this site for ideas of:
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.
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?
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.
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!.