11 Ways to Help Koalas

The Koala Clancy Foundation plants trees for koalas on farms and private land.  It creates new habitat and works for better protection of wild koalas.  They have an appeal to raise funds to plant trees that the koalas will love.  $10 will plant a tree so please join in and give your support to help koalas.   Visit the Koala Clancy Foundation's website to donate today and help koalas!  (Image ©Koala Clancy Foundation) Visit the Koala Clancy Foundation's website

11 Ways to help koalas

Koalas are fighting a battle for their very survival.  They have been for a while, because of deforestation – their habitat has been destroyed by people for their own purposes for "development" - roads, buildings, mining companies, development, etc - and their habitats have been destroyed by wildfires which, this year, have been more ferocious than usual. 

So how can you help koalas?


Wherever you are in the world, there is something you can do.

  1. Adopt a koala.  There are a number of charities you can do this through, whether you are from Australia or anywhere else in the world.  Save the Koala has an adoption scheme.  The Koala Hospital enables you to adopt koalas too – the hospital helps injured and sick koalas and aims to release them where possible in the local area.

  2. Become a member of a koala charity.   Being a member gives you the chance to support, to be part of a single voice, to receive news and find out ways in which you can help.  The Koala Hospital has a membership scheme, as does Friends of the Koala in the Northern Rivers region which has an international membership scheme.   The Koala Clancy Foundation has a membership scheme too, as does Bangalow Koalas.

  3. Plant a tree.- it needs to be the right one.   Koalas need trees.  They need them to rest, for shelter, to move from one area to another.  They need trees to eat, both for food and – there’s one tree which gives them medicine.  Save the Koala enable you to do this in memory of someone or as a gift or simply for yourself. 




  4. Support the Koala Protection Act.  Get in touch with politicians and tell them you care.  Ask them to help save the koala.   Save the Koala has information on how you can do this, both at the national and state level   

  5. Sponsor a forest or an acre for koalas. You can make a donation to the Koala Hospital to help them grow trees suitable for koalas - fund a koala food  treeBangalow Koalas has planted 157,000 trees in 3 years and they are aiming to plant half a million trees by the end of 2025 - they are well on the way to achieving it, so find out how you can help.   Grow a forest for yourself with Save the Koala or perhaps in memory of a koala lover or nature lover.

  6. Grow trees for koalas on your property.  Save the Koala has a lot of helpful information about what trees to plant. Friends of the Koala have information too so that you can help restore koala habitat and you can buy trees from them for $1.  Koalas need certain sorts of tree. Koalas in Care have tips on where to plant and not to plant trees.


    Join the Koala Army - koalas need you!

  7. Join the Australian Koala Foundation’s Koala Army.  They are trying to get a Koala Protection Act through and they need you to enlist to help get it. 

  8. Donate.  All koala charities need help tending the koalas they rescue from wildfires.  Koalas need veterinary treatment, they need food and water, and care.   Koala Rescue Queensland want to build a koala sanctuary Koalas in Care in New South Wales need donations to help them care for the 65 or so koalas they care for every year. 



    Port Macquarie Koala Hospital distributed over 100 water stations after the NSW bushfire crisis
    thanks to everyone who contributed to their GoFundMe fundraiser 


  9. Spread the word on social media – get the word out that koalas and Australian wildlife need help.  The media only talk about human deaths and damage to personal property.  It’s as if wildlife don’t exist.  Wildlife does exist and they do matter.  Raise awareness for them.  Be aware of what you can do to help koalas in your areaKoala Rescue Queensland have helpful tips on that.  Be a voice for koalas – Friends of the Koala has information on campaigning and advocacy - and help get the word out about how you can help, what needs to be done, the help koalas need.

  10. Volunteer. A number of koala charities welcome volunteers.  If you are in Australia or heading there, why not see what you can do to help?  Save the Koala is one charity with volunteer opportunities, and international volunteers could volunteer at the Koala Hospital (that’s Port Macquarie and surrounds, New South Wales) – they also have local volunteers.   Friends of the Koala also have opportunities for volunteering, for locals, inter-state and international koala lovers.  The Koala Clancy Foundation have koala conservation days for local people and they also have corporate tree planting days.



    Visit WIRES Australia 


  11. Help koala charities achieve their goals.   The Koala Clancy Foundation is looking to plant 300,000 trees by 2030 and save koalas of the You Yangs in Victoria. 

  12. Look at where things like your toilet paper and office paper comes from.  Does it come from a sustainable source?  We need to stop companies logging forests and way to do that is to stop buying products which don't come from sustainable sources so that we essentially force these companies to change their ways.  And if they won't go for sustainable products, we need to put them out of business. 

The wildfires mean exhausting and heart-breaking work for all those people who are discovering koalas, dead or alive.  Koalas climb trees in a wildfire.  If they climb high enough, the fire may pass below them.  But wildfires are devastating for trees.  Consequently many koalas have died, and many more have been burnt, thirsty and all sorts of injuries. The people helping koalas need to know we are all behind them and support their efforts, heart-breaking though they must be.  Koalas are very particular about the trees they eat, so it is all the more devastating for them when these trees are destroyed in fire.  Find out more here about some of the impact of the 2019 bushfires in Australia. 

 

Please do what you can to give them that support and help people help koalas and restore their habitat.