There are many things communities living near koala populations can do to protect koalas and prevent unnecessary deaths in the wild.
CUDDLY KOALAS NEED OUR HELP FOR PROTECTION
26 Jul, 2012 02:21 PM
Koalas mainly sleep during the day, and move from tree to tree during the night to feed.
Sightings of Koalas are likely to increase between July and September as Koalas come to the ground to search for mates and patrol their territories.
Backyard Buddies wants you to know that there’s a lot that you can do to make Warren friendlier for one of Australia’s favourite animals, the Koala.
“In some areas of Australia Koalas live very close to our homes, and can easily be affected by us,” Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife CEO Susanna Bradshaw said.
“Threats to Koalas include habitat clearing, being hit by cars, dog attacks and fires, but there is a lot that you personally can do to minimise those threats,” she said.
Drive carefully in areas where Koalas may be trying to cross the road, particularly in areas with ‘Koalas cross here’ signs.
Scan the sides of the road for Koalas when driving and watch for Koala ‘eyeshine’ (reflections from an animal’s eyes) at night.
Keep dogs on the leash when walking and train them not to chase animals. Keep dogs indoors at night or on the leash in your yard as most dog attacks of Koalas happen in the dog’s own backyard.
Call a wildlife carer or vet if you see an injured Koala. Report dead Koalas to the Office of Environment and Heritage, and check the pouch for young.
If you see an injured Koala while driving but can’t stop, check your odometer and record the distance to a known point so you can give wildlife carers a good indication of where the animal is.
Find out and take note of fire danger advice from local authorities.
Avoid lighting fires during high fire danger days. Dispose of cigarette butts responsibly.
Retain existing stands of eucalyptus and find out which local native eucalyptus are Koala food trees and plant some.
Ask your council whether they have a tree planting group or bush regeneration group that you could join, or join a local Landcare group.
If you see an injured Koala, you can call wildlife carers on 13 000 WIRES, which is 1300 094 737.
You can also find the number for a local wildlife carer group at http://www.fauna.org.au.
You may even want to write down a few phone numbers of wildlife carers and put them in the glove box of your car so you have them on hand if you ever need them.
“Koalas eat eucalyptus and some non-eucalyptus leaves. They have local and seasonal preferences toward different plant species.
“If you can plant some eucalypts to help out your local Koalas, it might be a good idea to contact your nearest national park office, council or native nursery to ask which eucalypts Koalas in your area will eat from,” Ms Bradshaw said.
“Koalas are an Australian icon. Just by taking a few precautions and being more aware of the dangers to Koalas near our homes, we can help save many Koalas and ensure that these gorgeous animals will be around for future generations to enjoy too,” she added.