The koala is one of the world’s most iconic animal species, found nowhere else in the world but Australia.
As cute and lovable our Australian icon is, they are in trouble. In the 1920’s, hundreds of thousands of koalas were shot for the fur trade. In New South Wales and Queensland, koala populations are being decimated due to habitat loss (the consequences of ongoing excessive tree-clearing for agricultural and urban development), along with disease and motor vehicle accidents.
Because of the destruction and fragmentation of their habitat, koalas must spend more time on the ground moving from tree to tree. This makes them more vulnerable to being hit by cars and attacked by dogs, while elevated stress levels make them prone to illness and disease.
September is Save The Koala Month and #EPIG has jumped on board to help save this Aussie icon and adopted our very own koala Maurice (see photo). Isn’t he a cutie! He lives at Ballarat Wildlife Park.
The aim of Save the Koala Month is to raise awareness of the plight of the koala and to educate people. The money raised through fundraisers, donations and adoptions, contributes to the long term survival of Australia’s wild koalas and their habitat.
Please help koalas by supporting Australian Koala Foundation For more information go to https://www.savethekoala.com/
Help save the koala!!!