Koalas may become extinct in the wild in Eastern Australia by as early as 2050… Unless we DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!
Wild koalas only live on the eastern side of Australia – unfortunately for them, that is also where the majority of Australians live. We must save and improve Koala habitat to guarantee their survival. We need to save wild spaces for Koalas to live, breed and be safe. Every creature has the right to exist, our challenge is to make sure they do.
Prior to European settlement, many millions of Koalas lived in Eastern Australia where suitable habitat existed – indicated by the green area on the map above. By the early 1900’s it is estimated that approximately 8 MILLION harmless Koalas were killed – mostly for their pelts for the then fashionable fur trade. They were easy targets for hunters.
These days Koala deaths are often out of sight, and occur on the bush areas that surround the expanding urban sprawl of humans. If your home is in the green area on the map above, perhaps Koalas live near you, or did in the past before your suburb was built.
According to the Australian Koala Foundation’s “Koala Manifesto” (2021), the Koala Population of Australia is scientifically calculated to range between 46,586 and 83,663 – that’s less than 100,000 wild Koalas in the whole of Australia’s Koala Country!
EnviroPrint Australia are keen to support the many organisations doing fantastic work to save Koalas. Our plan is to sponsor Koalas to raise community awareness of their plight, and to spotlight the challenges that wild Koalas face in the shrinking liveable habitats they cling to.
In February 2024, Koala Rescue Inc (South Australia) received a call from a concerned member of the public about a koala at the base of a tree.
This video as shared on social media by Koala Rescue, is one of the saddest things…. and also one of love. The male koala was hugging the deceased female koala and showed sincere anguish and caring empathy. A rarely observed behaviour.
All animals have the right to exist.
Our challenge is to make sure they do.
PJ, like all Koalas, need specific eucalypt leaves for every meal – gathered by human leaf cutters. We sponsored him by making a donation to Mosswood Wildlife that kept him fed with “stolen leaves”.
Donations to Mosswood Wildlife support their new rehabilitation centre, which enables animals to recover until they are able to be returned to the wild. Mosswood are also monitoring the koala population in South West Victorian towns. Check out their interactive Koala sighting map that enables everyone to be part of the solution.
The naturally forested Wild Koala Breeding facility will be as close to wild Koala habitat as possible, whilst retaining strict animal health protocols.
Koala Conservation Australia’s Wild Koala Breeding Program, developed in partnership with Taronga Conservation Society, University of Sydney, and the Australian Museum Research Institute aims to breed wild koalas from a carefully selected healthy ‘founder’ population, in a scientifically controlled research and breeding facility.
Friends of the Koala are now trialling a ground-breaking vaccine to prevent chlamydial disease, created by researachers at the University of Sunshine Coast in Queensland. Vaccinating healthy koalas released from the Friends of the Koala Hospital will give them a better chance of survival in the wild.
This month EnviroPrint’s donation was utilised to plant Koala trees and improve Koala habitat.
Every winter (June, July & August) Koala Clancy Foundation conducts multiple koala tree planting projects across the Little River, Moorabool River and Barwon River catchments, west of Melbourne Victoria.
Bangalow Koalas are creating koala wildlife corridors through public support and grant funding. Read more here about their work.
Bangalow Koalas are working to reforest bare paddocks to forests, supported by local land owners, bush regenerators and community volunteers. Their short-term goal is to plant 500,000 trees by the end of 2025 to create a koala wildlife corridor across the Northern Rivers of NSW, aiming to one million trees by end of 2030.
The koala population in south-west Sydney is the only healthy, chlamydia-free and growing Koala population in NSW – and it’s under threat. The Sydney Basin Koala Network (SBKN) has been established by Total Environment Centre, partnering with 3 year funding from WIRES, to protect and expand Koala populations in the Sydney Basin Bioregion.
Phoenix Koala can now climb small trees with her healing feet from burns. Most of her claws are growing slowly but she lost some back toes.
Unfortunately, little Phoenix was a victim of a human-lit fire. She is now in care at Magnetic Island Koala Hospital. Magnetic Island has the largest wild Koala population in the North of Australia. The island is home to approx. 800-1000 koalas originating from seventeen that were introduced in 1935 to try to sustain the Australian population.
Dylan Koala is a very lucky boy! He is now back home after spending some needed rest in the RSPCA wildlife hospital.
This handsome fella is now back to his normal happy healthy self and recently released to the wild. Pine Rivers Koala Care Association Inc. helps to ensure the survival of koalas for future generations and offer 24 hour assistance and rescue in Pine Rivers & Redcliffe District of Brisbane, QLD one of the healthiest urban population of Koalas in Australia.
Billabong Zoo’s Koala Breeding Program’s mission is to educate and stimulate the general public’s knowledge of the plight and status of the wild population of the koala; to support and drive conservation through education; and boost the awareness of wild koala colonies in their local region.
The Great Koala National Park would be the world’s first national park dedicated to protecting the world’s favourite animal! The new reserve would connect and restore forests, linking lowland coastal forests to higher elevation escarpment forests – so that koalas are free to move and survive in the trees they need. Sign the petition here.
Moreton Bay Koala Rescue Inc. is a not-for-profit volunteer organisation involved in the direct rescue and care of injured, sick or orphaned koalas across the Moreton Bay Region, including Caboolture, Redcliffe and Pine Rivers. All donations to support their important work are greatly appreciated.
Sadly this beautiful adult male Koala, had to be euthanised despite the massive team work including local residents, Police, Fire and Rescue, Sydney Wildlife Rescue, vet team and volunteers. Please if you accidentally hit any wildlife with your car, reach out for help to assist the animal. They need safe homes too.
Jade Koala was found in September 2020 sitting on a dead tree stump right in the centre of Wauchope township. Koalas had not been seen in the town for at least 80 years or more, and as there are not enough food trees in the area to sustain her, she now lives comfortably as an ambassador of her species at the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital.
Magnus came into care with Friends of the Koala in October 2021 as very tiny joey (see the video) at just over 300 grams. You wouldn’t know it by looking at him now 8 months later he is a chunky little man. The team has done so well since he was found abandoned by his mum. He is now in Koala Kindy with other young males hoping for wild release.
Bryson Koala relaxing on his comfy padded gunyahs, waiting for a lovely feed of purée leaf smoothie thanks to the wonderful Raymond Island Koala team.
Without the dedication and commitment of volunteers, Waterholes Wildlife Sanctuary would not be able to rescue, care, rehabilitate and release koalas like Bryson.
Koalas in care like Bryson have the very best of conditions (and most comfortable seats) for recovering from injury or illness. Learn more about Bryson’s story here.
Join us in support of Koala Clancy Foundation‘s project: You Yangs Little River Koala Link: A once-in-a-lifetime chance to create the shortest, safest path for koalas to escape to new fertile, cool habitat that will protect them from climate change.
For a young male koala, life is a challenge. All the suitable habitats are taken by big strong mature males. Until he reaches adult size he will have to find a safe, unclaimed territory where he can grow. Before climate change there was enough habitat to go around for most of the young males to find a nook of their own. But now life is hard, the eucalyptus leaves are dry and toxic, food is hard to find – even for the mature koalas. There’s nowhere leftover for little guys like Balyang.
The current floods are causing mass destruction as they inundate communities and habitats across southeast Qld and NSW. Floodwaters have have increased the rescue needs for wildlife and people, and also damaged some wildlife care facilities, as well as habitat restoration projects where young saplings have become submerged.
Howie is a local Port Stephens celebrity who used to live in and around the grounds of Soldiers Point School. He was well known to the teachers and students who watched out for him. He has been rescued and treated repeatedly for conjunctivitis. His old health problem had returned recently. His eye has improved in care, however he is being kept in the PSK Hospital sanctuary for extended observation to ensure there is no recurrence of the disease.
Littley Mitzie was found sitting in the middle of the road this week, cold and wet from the rains, her mother nowhere in sight. Her cold paws indicated she was in shock. She’s drinking her formula well and has put on a little weight. We’ve got all our fingers and toes crossed for this sweet baby. She’s snuggling her teddy here as some IV fluids give her a little boost. Koala Rescue is an experienced volunteer service operating in the Adelaide area.
Silas the koala joey was rescued in July 2021 at only 220 grams after a dog attack which sadly took his Mum’s life. Silas has been growing stronger every day thanks to 24/7 care from his carer. Every donation helps fund the crucial care it takes to raise rescue joeys like Silas and helps Ipswich Koala Protection Society continue their work protecting and saving the lives of our precious koalas.
Kristy was recently in for a vet check at the Koala Island Foundation on Raymond Island in Victoria. Their mission is to develop sustainable environment for koalas and other wildlife, while keeping the natural environment for residents and visitors, and to educate and inform people about wildlife.
Moreton Bay Koala Rescue Inc. is a not-for-profit volunteer organisation involved in the direct rescue and care of injured, sick or orphaned koalas across the Moreton Bay Region, including Caboolture, Redcliffe and Pine Rivers. This big beautiful boy was rescued from the Uhlmann Rd off-ramp (from the Bruce Highway) at Burpengary and luckily was saved from harm.
Waterholes Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 2013 with the vision to build a purpose built Koala facility to specialise in the care and rehabilitation of sick and injured koalas and to raise orphaned and abandoned joeys (like little Nugget). Waterholes Wildlife Sanctuary specialises in Raymond Island & East Gippsland Koalas & Kangaroos.
The Kangaroo Island Koala and Wildlife Rescue Centre was established in January 2020 in response to the devastating bushfires that ravaged Kangaroo Island. In the following months over 600 koalas, kangaroos, echidnas, goannas, birds and possums needed critical care for burns, dehydration and starvation. Those saved were treated and released back to the wild when possible, otherwise they were retained in long-term care at the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park.
A female Koala was found beside the road, she was vet checked, found to be carrying a joey and luckily had no fractures, but did suffer from a knock to the head. Thanks to Mosswood volunteer wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centre that specialises in koala (and also sea bird) care in Victoria – both Mum and Bub have been released together back to their home.
WWF-Australia is on a mission to regenerate Australia and double the number of koalas across eastern Australia by 2050. In order to protect our koalas of the future, WWF-Australia are building a network of wildlife and koala hospitals, planting trees to create koala corridors, and creating koala safe havens.
Dimples – is a gorgeous young joey who loves to eat! Sadly, Dimples’ Mum was killed in a car accident which meant she needed specialist home care. While in care she was lucky enough to meet Chris Hemsworth and became instantly famous around the world. [Watch video now.]
Myoora Jarrah was found in August 2017, by the roadside where she had lost her mum. She was approximately 5 months old and required 24 hour human care. When grown, she returned to the Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie for dehumanising in the joey yard to allow her to survive in the wild. She has been since been released and is now living freely as Koalas should.
Bullet is a young male Koala who was first identified at Koala Gardens in 2017. As a male, he often has to fight to establish his place in the colony and for breeding rights. In 2018 Bullet had a misadventure and the wound became serious. He was cared for in a wildlife hospital on the Gold Coast and then released back into Koala Gardens in northern NSW.
Eila was brought into the care of Port Stephens Koalas in late 2018 after she suffered burns in the Mambo wetland fires. At the time she had a joey with her – due to severe burns he was was cared for separately and soon successfully released back to the wild. When in care it was discovered that Eila also had a joey in her pouch. Thank goodness this brave Mum was saved!