Please help us prevent a local extinction

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The planet’s sixth mass extinction is currently occurring, and this time due to human activity with many of the world’s iconic species facing extermination in the wild.  Australia has one of the world’s worst records of modern extinction (54) and longest lists of threatened species (909, IUCN) including our iconic koalas which are listed as vulnerable to extinction in NSW and QLD. 

Sadly, our famous koalas, beloved the world over are moving down a path right before us – that will see them go locally extinct unless we prevent it! We are asking people to take action. Please share, use and order the campaign materials below.  It all helps! 

Just as species can go extinct, so can their individual populations, reducing both the genetic diversity and long-term survival prospects of the species.

Laurence & Ehrlich 2016, The Conversation

Background

In the days before Europeans came to Australia, there were millions of koalas in Australia, but after settlement from the early 1800’s until the 1920’s, millions were hunted and killed for their furs to make hats. Many people were upset about this and protested to the government, however it took an American President, Herbert Hoover, banning the import of koala furs to the US in 1927 that saw the end of the fur trade. Eventually the Koala was made a Protected Species in all states by 1937, which means that no one is allowed to harm a Koala. However, there are no laws to protect their homes – the gum trees and forests which Koalas rely on for food and shelter. NOW, there are only 36,000 koalas in NSW according to the NSW government.

Whilst disease causes most koala deaths in this region, followed by vehicle hits or attack by dogs and other predators, habitat loss is a core driver of the koala’s march to extinction.  In north east NSW koala populations have declined by about 50% due to residential, commercial and infrastructure development. Koalas know their ranges and trees. Removal of these cause koalas serious stress and can result in fatal diseases.

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Please help us prevent a local koala extinction

“Millions of koalas inhabited Australia before European settlement. NOW, there are only 36,000 in NSW. Our koalas need more, not less, connected habitat spanning land tenures and generations.”

10 Actions to help prevent local koala extinction

“Koalas are vulnerable to extinction in NSW & QLD, and populations are declining. Here’s 10 actions you could take to help prevent koalas from going locally extinct!”

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If you would like one of these Prevent Extinction t-shirts, we will print a limited quantity to meet demand. The cost is $22.00 each, plus postage.  Hurry! Orders close 22nd July, 2018!

  1. Let us know your most preferred design, but please note only one design (the one proving most popular!) will likely be printed.
  2. Complete your order details in the form below and submit by 22nd July
  3. We will contact you to confirm your order, arrange payment and delivery

Update: For any special requests, please email info@friendsofthekoala.org!

 

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