This petition is to the Government of Queensland, and Care2.com's The Petition Site is running it.
The koala could go extinct within our lifetime, according to researchers. This is mainly because state governments have been much too lenient when it comes to clear-cutting in the koala's last remaining habitats.
For instance, between 2012 and 2016, five thousand koalas died becuase of habitat lost, and 94% of them died because of rural deforetation. Koalas in Queensland are losing ground to huge stores and skyscapers thanks to the threat of new developments.
Unfortunately, the previous premier rolled back tree-clearing laws.
The new premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk is thinking about introducing new measures which would put an end to endless destruction of the koalas habitat.
This petition is about speaking up for koalas, being their voice, and asking the Palaszcuk government to pass new tree-clearing restrictions today. The koalas can't speak up for themeslves - they have no voice. We need to be their voice instead.
It’s a popular tourist area, known for its mountain gorillas. It covers 3,000 square miles, and its three sectors – north, central and south – have an unrivalled diversity of landscapes and ecosystems. It was founded back in 1925 as Parc Albert, and it was the first national park to be established on the African continent, primarily to protect the mountain gorillas who were living in the forests of the Virunga Massif. The park is a Unesco World Heritage site. It is home to several hundred species of birds, mammals and reptiles.
The world’s entire population of critically endangered mountain gorillas live only ini the Virunga Massife and Bwindi. The Virunga National Park is home to about a third of these wonderful animals. Currently it is estimated that there are about 1,000 mountain gorillas. Find out more about the park’s history here
There are currently over 700 male and female rangers actively protecting the park and the communities surrounding its borders. And let’s not forget the dogs who are part of the Virunga National Park Canine Unit, an invaluable part of the team.
Urgent funds are needed:
To protect the endangered mountain gorillas
To support the rangers
To support the families of rangers who have fallen in the line of duty. Over 175 rangers have been killed in the line of duty.
To deliver essential disease prevention efforts
Challenge such as this need heroes and each and every ranger is one, fighting to protect these amazing animals and give their families an income at the same time. Rangers do an extremely dangerous job, putting their lives on the line every day, to look after wildlife. Find out about the Rangers Project here.
Leonardo DiCaprio has contributed to a new fund which aims to support the Virunga National Park. Earth Alliance, a group co-founded by DiCaprio, has donated part of the initial £1.65 million funding. Di-Caprio was an executive producer on the documentary Virunga. (It was nominated for an Oscar in 2014.)
Its closure to tourists due to the coronavirus has resulted in a considerable loss of income.
Covid-19 poses an existential threat to the gorillas – WWF has warned that they are at risk of catching the coronavirus because they share 98% of their DNA with humans
A month after the park was closed, 12 park rangers, a drive and four members of the local community were killed in a terrible attack by 60 militiamen, who ambused a group of civilians being protected by the rangers. At the time, a statement from the park said it was an attack on local civilians, rather than the rangers themselves.
The rangers are racing against the clock to protect the local communities around the park and the gorillas.
You can help:
You can help by spreading the word - following the Virunga Park on social media and making a donation
$8 funds a pair of new boots for a ranger
$32 funds a ranger for a day (including family health insurance)
$50 funds a month of support for the widow and children of a Fallen Ranger
$150 funds two weeks of food and supplements for an orphan gorilla
$300 funds an hour of flight time for an anti-poaching patrol
$500 funds a one day tactical elephant protection operation
$1,000 funds a comprehensive sweep and remove of deadly snares in the mountain gorilla sector.
On 16 May, the UK’s Daily Telegraph brought news of an amazing secret operation to dehorn hundreds of African rhinos.
They are all threatened by increased poaching during the pandemic.
Over the next two weeks, up to 400 black and white rhinos will have their horns removed to protect them from poachers. About 70 have been dehorned so far
The rhinos are dehorned with electric saws. They are sedated. The horns grow back in about 3 years.
The exact location in Africa is secret at the moment. There is an enormous risk to the team of vets and rangers and the last thing anyone wants is for poachers to find out their whereabouts, for the safety of all concerned, people and animals.
Treating rhinos and transporting them if they have injuries or need surgery;
De-horning rhinos, which has been shown to be one of the most effective ways to deter poachers from harming and killing rhinos;
Rescuing rhinos; many are treated for injuries and airlifted to one of many rhino orphanages that Rhino 911 works with. Plus, of course donations are given to the orphanages so that they can buy the special formula milk every growing rhino needs!
There’s a video you can watch at but carries a warning that some parts of it may be disturbing to some viewers.