Wild Koala Day – May 3!

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

No Give Up Zone. 

Welcome to the No Give Up Zone. Koalas won’t give up and neither will we.

Wild Koala Day was started in 2016 by a network of independent koala conservation and rehabilitation groups all over Australia. Most of the groups involved with Wild Koala Day have been advocating for koalas for many years, some for decades. Our experience is first-hand. We represent the front line of koala conservation, working with our local communities at a grass-roots level.

We know about tragedy, heartbreak, and feelings of futility. We also know that facing reality, and taking action is the best course. Every time we face a disaster we get back up and keep working for koalas. The disasters might keep coming, but we are not beaten.

Koalas are still here, living wild and free in the Bush where they belong. In some places that would not be the case without the tireless efforts of many good people. All those people can hold their heads up with pride.

When koalas need help, we will be there for them. Will you join us?

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 we will not give up and we will not be beaten. 

7 Surprising New Facts About Koalas

7 Surprising New Facts About Koalas

On Wild Koala Day, 3 May, people all around the world celebrate koalas living wild, in forests. Why does it matter where they live, you might wonder?  Well, koalas living in nature do amazing things, and we are always learning more about them. Here are the latest,...

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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 (Linda) and here (David). 

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.  We saw what can happen to koalas in the 2019/2020 Black Summer.  Climate heating will lead to more catastrophic summers, more flooded springs, more dry winters.  The climate crisis affects koalas on every level: increasing aridity, increasing frequency of wildfire, increasing length & severity of droughts and heatwaves – all leading to stress and increasing disease.  Add to this the 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 we 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.

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, every day 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 and koalas can live together.  Drive carefully, especially at night, dusk & dawn; restrain your dog; plant koala trees and preserve existing forest; let politicians and corporations know that protecting koalas is important, and get involved with Wild Koala Day!