What to do on Wild Koala Day

Wild Koala Day is an international virtual event to celebrate wild koalas and protect their habitats.
On May 3 2020 we call on everyone to spread the word about protecting koalas by doing some or all of these activities.  You can help koalas from home!

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Share on Facebook & Twitter

Copy these images for free and share on Facebook or Twitter. Tag #wildkoaladay These images are all wild koalas photographed in the You Yangs VIC, Moreton Bay & Pine Rivers QLD.

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Plant a Tree

Plant a tree, or register to plant a tree. Sign up today with these organisations which run tree planting days in koala habitat:

Koala Clancy Foundation, VICTORIA

Bangalow Koalas, NSW

National Tree Day Planet Ark AUSTRALIA-wide

Fifteen Trees AUSTRALIA-wide

Tree Project near MELBOURNE/GEELONG

Greening Australia AUSTRALIA-wide

Trees For Life SOUTH AUSTRALIA

One Tree Planted GLOBAL

All around the world we are losing forest at a rate of 3.3million hectares per year. Yet trees help our atmosphere, store carbon and reduce the impacts of climate change, and provide food for birds, insects and mammals that contribute to the web of life. Koalas, most of all, need a healthy global environment.

OVERSEAS? You can still plant a tree at home and indirectly, in the long term, it will help a koala.

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Share on Instagram

Download/copy these square images for free and share on Instagram. Tag #wildkoaladay  You can also use these as your profile image for the day! Images from Pine Rivers, QLD & You Yangs, VIC.

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Protect a Forest

Existing forests are precious and under threat world-wide. New trees take decades to grow, so protecting what we have is critical to koala’s survival as a species.

Sign a petition to protect a koala forest now:

Kalang River, near Bellingen NSW

Yarramalong Valley, near Gosford NSW

Mt Gilead, near Sydney NSW 

Breeza, near Gunnedah, NSW

NSW north-east forests 

Only buy recycled office paper and toilet paper, or paper from non-timber sources. Logging of native forest has already been linked to local extinctions of koalas in the Eden region of NSW. [1]

Use a keep-cup/reusable cup for your takeaway coffee. Most disposable coffee cups are made from virgin timber. Hardly any disposable coffee cups are really recyclable – in fact Planet Ark recommends putting all of them in the bin. [2]

When buying a house, check that the developer did not cut down native forest to build your house. Housing developments, and roads that link them, on Australia’s east coast are making koalas homeless. Petitions against developers cutting down koala habitat are not hard to find. Sign one of our petitions above to protect koala forest now.

 

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Wear a gum leaf

Go outside, pick up a gum leaf, write WILD KOALA DAY on it, and pin it to your shirt. If you don’t have access to a gum leaf, any leaf will do.  Or make one out of recycled paper! 

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Phone a Pollie

Politicians make laws on behalf of us. They can only reflect our values if we tell them what is important to us. In Australia, they just don’t realise that koalas are a vote-winner. Tell them why koalas are important to you.

Phone your politician now: read our blog about who and how to call, what to say.
Here’s an example: in Queensland the Vegetation Management Act (1999) was weakened by the Newman government in 2013 to allow landowners to clear regrowth forest in waterways (prime koala habitat) and to ‘self-assess’ whether they needed permission to clear forest.

This amendment led to a tripling of the rate of forest clearance in Queensland. [3][4] In early 2016, the Palaszczuk Labor government proposed an amendment to the law to slow biodiversity loss, but they failed by just 2 votes. Could a few more phone calls have saved thousands of hectares of koala forest? Note: if you contact a current Qld Labor politician, thank them for trying to pass the amendment – a pat on the back when deserved is much appreciated – and encourage them to try again.

Click here for contact details for Australian politicians and environment ministers and a suggested phone and letter/email template.