We are now planning Wild Koala Day 2018 around Australia - following an amazing week in 2017. So please get on board.
3 May 2017 was our second national Wild Koala Day and the week or more around this date this year received amazing support around the world.
In Victoria -
- Avalon Airport near Koala Clancy's home in the You Yangs was "Koala Airport' for 9 days - with a fantastic display with lots of interest by travellers and those who made a special visit to check it out.
- A special competition - a free trip for 2 to Koala Clancy's home - was launched with wonderful support from local organisations in You Yangs Region and Geelong - Thank you.
- Australia.com Facebook featured our video of active WILD koalas on 3 May - with this comment
"So how can you help this guy out? Well, it turns out tourism is a great way to raise money for koala research and conservation. Some tour operators, like Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours, use their tours to raise funds to support koala conservation, meaning going on a koala spotting tour is a great way to help the cause.
And if you're after a full list of places around Australia where you can spot koalas in the wild, just have a look here: Top 5 Places to See Koalas in the Wild"
Thank you Tourism Australia. this video received more than 1.1million views, 51000k likes etc, 14715 shares and 2257 comments from around the world.
- Koala Clancy Facebook page was 'wild' itself with fantastic support from so many people.
Wild Koala Day is a day to celebrate wild koalas and protect their habitats - with events and activites around Australia - check it out now!
Some things you can do ALL year round ... the 3Ps!
1. Plant a tree.
If you can, plant a koala habitat tree in a region where koalas naturally live. Register with us today for our next Koala Conservation Day or donate here.
All around the world we are losing forest at a rate of 3.3million hectares per year. Yet trees help our atmosphere, store carbon and reduce the impacts of climate change, and provide food for birds, insects and mammals that contribute to the web of life. Koalas, most of all, need a healthy global environment.
OVERSEAS? You can still plant a tree at home and indirectly, in the long term, it will help a koala. Read more
2. Protect a forest.
Existing forests are precious and under threat world-wide. New trees take decades to grow, so protecting what we have is critical to koala’s survival as a species. Read more
Only buy recycled paper, or paper from non-timber sources. Logging of native forest has already been linked to local extinctions of koalas in the Eden region of NSW and others.
Use a keep-cup/reusable cup for your takeaway coffee. Most disposable coffee cups are made from virgin timber. Hardly any disposable coffee cups are really recyclable - in fact Planet Ark recommends putting all of them in the bin.
When buying a house, check that the developer did not cut down native forest to build your house. Housing developments, and roads that link them, on Australia’s east coast are making koalas homeless. Petitions against developers cutting down koala habitat are not hard to find. See here for a list of petitions to sign: blog
3. Phone a politician on May 3, Wild Koala Day and ask them to protect koalas.
Politicians make laws on behalf of us. They can only reflect our values if we tell them what is important to us. In Australia, they just don’t realise that koalas are a vote-winner. Tell them why koalas are important to you. Read more
Phone your politician now: read our blog about who and how to call, what to say.
Click here for contact details for Australian politicians and environment ministers and a suggested phone and letter/email template.
Some of the media on and about 3 May 2017 - Wild Koala Day - let's aim for more in 2018 -
- Australia.com Facebook with nearly 8 million followers .... on Wild Koala Day 3 May
- 99.9 Voice FM Ballarat - 10am
- 774 ABC Radio Melbourne on 3 May - On Afternoons with Clare Bowditch 2.30pm
- Geelong Independent Newspaper 25 April - They are just wild about Clancy
- Sina English CHINA 2 May - Australia's koala populations are struggling to survive: WWF
- Bernama.com MALAYSIA 3 May - Australia's koala populations are struggling to survive: WWF
- Port Stephens Examiner 2 May - Time to take stock on Wild Koala Day
- Goway Globetrotting CANADA 1 May 25 Koala Facts for Wild Koala Day
- Travel4News, AUSTRIA 2 May Australien feiert den ersten "Wild Koala Day“ or in English - "Australia celebrates the Wild Koala Day"
- Outlook Traveller, INDIA 27 April - Australia - Koala All the Way
- Reisebine, GERMANY 29 April Der erste “Wild Koala Day” am 3. Mai or Wild Koala Day 3 May
- TurismoItalia News ITALY 28 April for Wild Koala Day
- Discover the World UK 28 April 7 things you may not know about koalas
- ReiseTipps GERMANY 28 April Wild Koala Day
- Sunshine Coast Daily 24 April Join the Wild Koala Day walk through Noosa National Park
- Bay 93.9 Geelong Radio - Community Events - Wild Koala Day
- 101.5 Queensland Radio - Wild Koala Day Celebration on Sunday 7th May at Old Petrie Town
- Kallangur Qld - Wild Koala Day 2017 coming soon - the 3Ps to do
- Courier Mail 29 April Wyllie is back just in time for Wild Koala Day
- Noosa News 20 April Chance to walk with Noosa's wild koalas
- Gympie News 30 April Koala spotters keep a friendly eye on Gympie's wildlife
- Sunshine Coast Daily 1 May Six easy ways you can help koalas on Wild Koala Day
- Bellingen Courier 2 May NEFA calls for “koala homes not logging zones”
- Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee 26 April - Wild Koala Day – Wednesday 3rd May 2017