The Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) was once common and widespread throughout the eucalypt woodlands and forests of eastern Australia. 

Plant homes for the Koala

 

Despite their iconic status, a number of pressures (including habitat clearing, hunting, natural disasters and disease) have caused to a substantial population and distribution decline after European settlement.

In New South Wales, Queensland and the ACT, koalas are now listed as vulnerable to extinction with many populations persisting in fragmented and isolated habitats, and are increasingly threatened by further habitat loss, modification and fragmentation; vehicle collisions; dog attacks; disease; prescribed burns and wildfires; droughts and heatwaves; and climate change. 

  

Community Participation in Koala Action

Watch this short film about our efforts to protect Koalas in New South Wales: 

  

CVA Action for Koalas in the News 

  

#KoalaHelp – Every Home Is Worth Protecting 

We’re working with NRMA Insurance to protect and restore Koala Habitat across Queensland and New South Wales. 

You can see their Koala hub here, and be sure to watch the video below which introduces NRMA Insurance’s commitment to protecting and restoring Koala homes. 

 

Ranger Sammy is back with a new friend, Ruby. Watch their adventures in the video here:

 

You can also watch this short video about our work together here: 

 

 

Want to make a difference for Koalas?

If you live in an area with Koalas, there’s a few things you can do to keep them safer and help them thrive. Here’s a few simple tips anyone can get behind:

Plant Koala Food

Did you know Koalas normally consume around 500 to 800g of Eucalyptus leaves in a single day? They eat all of this in only 3-4 hours as they sleep about 20 hours a day! Given they don’t like to travel large distances, they need some good stands of their favourite eucalyptus leaves (different species in different areas, so check online your local area). Protecting stands of bush on your property, or planting new trees on your land (or getting involved in a planting day on public land) is one of the most important things you can do.

If you have land in Koala habitat and are interested in some help planting trees, contact us as we have some initiatives working with private landowners.

Drive Slowly

Drive slowly and carefully at night in Koala areas. Koalas are nocturnal and most likely to be on the move at night.

In case you encounter an injured animal when out driving, having a sack, blanket, towel or box in your car, can be vital to a speedy rescue. Make sure you have the contact details of your local Koala group or rescue service with you in your phone.

Restrain Your Dogs

Sadly between cars and dogs, 4000 Koalas are killed every year. If you’re going for a walk in Koala habitat make sure your dogs are on a leash, or are fenced in if you have Koalas on your property.

Take Action With Us

If you want to learn more about the Koala, and take action to make sure they have a thriving future in Australia, you can get involved with our events across their home ranges. Click here to find out more and look for events.

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Get Involved

We’re here to make it easy to take action for nature across Australia, and we would love your help. Check out the ways that you can get involved in your local area.