Wild Koala Day 2018 around Australia is coming up soon - on Thursday 3 May 2018 but there will be plenty happening around that day as well.
Happy Wild Koala Day! 🐨 🎉 Someone should probably wake @koalaclancy before he sleeps through the celebrations... 😴 It's actually his birthday today as well, which is why May 3 was chosen as #WildKoalaDay - a day to raise awareness of wild koalas and the importance of protecting their natural habitat. Clancy lives in the #YouYangs Regional Park near @visitmelbourne, which is home to a small population of wild #koalas. You can take a guided tour of this beautiful bushland with @echidnawalkabout_, who contribute greatly to conserving koala habitats in the You Yangs and surrounding areas. Photo: @echidnawalkabout_ #seeaustralia #visitmelbourne #visitvictoria #wildkoalas #koala #wildlife
Check out the special Wild Koala Day website and also please LIKE and post your wild koala pics on the the special Wild Koala Day Facebook page - see on the right side here too.
Wild Koala Day is a day to celebrate wild koalas and protect their habitats - with events and activites around Australia - check it out now!
Some things you can do ALL year round ... the 3Ps!
1. Plant a tree.
If you can, plant a koala habitat tree in a region where koalas naturally live. Register with us today for our next Koala Conservation Day or donate here.
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. Read more
2. 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. Read more
Only buy recycled 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 and others.
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.
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. See here for a list of petitions to sign: blog
3. Phone a politician on May 3, Wild Koala Day and ask them to protect koalas.
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. Read more
Phone your politician now: read our blog about who and how to call, what to say.
Click here for contact details for Australian politicians and environment ministers and a suggested phone and letter/email template.