Loss of koala habitat is the major threat facing koalas today.
Since white settlement of Australia, roughly 80% of the koala’s
habitat has been destroyed and of what remains, most occurs on
privately owned land and almost none is protected.
Koalas face additional threats such as road death, dog attack,
disease and bushfire. From a national population of around 100,000
koalas, roughly 4000 are killed by dogs and cars each year. In
the 1920s approximately 3 million koalas were shot for their fur.
Today the koala is a protected species but its habitat is not
The koala is arguably now on the brink of disaster in many parts
of its remaining geographic range. Regardless of recent public
debates over population estimates, there is little disagreement
over the dramatic extent of habitat clearing, degradation and
fragmentation, nor about the fact that numbers have declined to
a fraction of the millions that existed at the time of legalised
hunting for the fur trade, which continued until as recently as
There are many people who are working very hard to achieve the
conservation of the koala and you can join them by visiting www.savethekoala.com.
The only way to save koalas is to save their habitat, the eucalyptus
forests where they live, and which they must have to survive.
This is what the Australian Koala Foundation is trying to achieve.
But they can't do it alone and they need the help of people like
you. You may think that just one person cannot make any difference
in helping koalas or in helping our environment generally, but
if each person does even one little thing to help, it can add
up to a lot of help.
Koala Foundation receives no funding from any government so
they rely on people like you to help raise funds for their important
work in saving koalas for future generations to enjoy.
If you are unable to help in any of these ways, it's very important
for the well-being of the environment everywhere in the world,
that we all do as much as we can to help in the area where we
live, by doing such things as recycling cans, plastic, paper etc,
by taking the bus, tram or train instead of using our cars, by
using less harmful chemical sprays in our gardens and homes, by
asking not to have a plastic bag when we are shopping unless we
REALLY need one (or better still, taking our own cloth bags when
we go out shopping so that we do not need a plastic one at all)
planting more trees, and writing letters to politicians and newspapers
to voice our concerns about the destruction of our environment.
It's very important that each person takes responsibility for
doing the right thing for the environment in their own area. Imagine
if everyone in the world did this. As the population of the world
is about 5.6 billion people, that would be around 5.6 billion
little things which would add up to a LOT of help!