Our koalas are in crisis and time is running out for this iconic Australian animal.
The devastating ‘Black Summer’ bushfires decimated koala populations, and resulted in the death of more than 3 billion native animals. Despite monumental efforts from volunteer firefighters, rescuers, and wildlife carers, the latest reports estimate that the catastrophic bushfires killed more than 30,000 koalas nationwide.
Koalas across the country were already endangered, but the impact of the bushfires has increased the risk of extinction. Koalas are now listed as Vulnerable to Extinction in NSW, Qld and the ACT.
Hotter and longer fire seasons and continued habitat destruction will mean that the koala is heading towards extinction within this century.
We can’t imagine the Australian bush without koalas. To ensure their survival we know that we need to take urgent action to protect the surviving populations and defend their precious habitat.
You can help
Friends of the Earth is a grassroots environmental organisation conducting research into a little-known Victorian koala which may hold the key for the species’ survival.
Victoria’s endemic species of koala, the Strzelecki Koala, is the only remnant population of koala in Victoria and South Australia. The gene pool of this Koala species remains intact, and with population numbers and health of other species declining across the country, this healthy species of koala could help save one of Australia’s most treasured animals.
That's why EthicalJobs.com.au has committed to match, dollar for dollar, any donation to Friends of the Earth through Chuffed until 30 September, up to a total of $30,000!
There are possibly only 1500 Strzelecki Koalas remaining in the wild, and with your help, Friends of the Earth can push governments to protect them and their habitat forever.
Unlike all other Victorian and South Australian koala populations, the gene pool of the Strzelecki Koala remains intact. With population numbers declining elsewhere across the country, ensuring the long-term survival of the Strzelecki Koala could help save one of Australia’s most treasured animals.
Although genetically robust, the Strzelecki Koala is extremely vulnerable to burn-offs, tree felling and road deaths. Much more work needs to be done to enshrine their protection under Victorian legislation.
To protect the Strzelecki Koala, and better understand how this special koala can support the recovery of other koala populations, Friends of the Earth needs to know more about them.
With your help, Friends of the Earth can:
Conduct critical research on the Strzelecki Koala habitat — Scientific surveys will contribute to national research efforts to better understand koalas and plan for their preservation.
Protect Koala habitat — By mapping key areas we can identify koala habitat and lobby for greater protection of these areas.
Build pressure for greater environmental protections - All koalas should be protected equally under Australian and state environmental laws. Strzelecki Koalas should be protected under the Victorian Wildlife Act (1975) and the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act (1988), and listed Federally under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (1999).
Work with local communities and experts to ensure long term survival plan of koalas in the Strzelecki region and across Australia.
All donations up to $30,000 will be matched, dollar for dollar by EthicalJobs.com.au until 30 September 2020.
Just click "Donate Now" at the top of the page, select an amount and follow the steps from there.
You can read more about Friends of the Earth's work advocating for Koala protections here.
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