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!
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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.
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!