“Why do koalas matter? Quite simply because if koalas are in trouble, it probably means that everything else is too.”
It is imperative that we protect Australia’s remaining koalas. They are threatened from all angles including habitat loss, disease, predation by domestic dogs, and by conflict with human activities, including road construction , industry and development for residential purposes. The NKA believes that without intervention to manage remaining populations, koalas will increasingly become locally extinct in large areas throughout Australia.
The koala has been listed as vulnerable to extinction in the ACT, QLD and NSW but this has done little to protect them.
Why do koalas matter? Quite simply because if koalas are in trouble, it probably means that everything else is too. Many other creatures depend on the same habitat that koalas do; approximately 50% of the currently listed threatened species in Australia, occur within koala habitat areas.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
- Protect koala habitat by joining your local environment group (plant koala habitat trees, rescue and rehabilitate koalas) and become active against development which destroys koala habitat.
- Protect koalas in your area by ensuring that your dog isn’t roaming at night when koalas and other wildlife are active.
- Drive with caution, particularly at night, when you are passing through a koala habitat area. Many of Australia’s native animals are nocturnal and are more active at night. So, when you see a wildlife crossing sign please slow down and be alert for any animals crossing the road.
- Help all sick or injured koalas by calling your local wildlife group. If the situation is urgent, contact your local vet. Contain a sick or injured koala in a covered box and keep in a quiet, dark room until help arrives or you can get the animal to a vet. Never give a sick or injured animal food or water.
- Join us to save koalas.