DWINDLING koala populations in the Liverpool region have prompted the National Parks and Wildlife Foundation to speak out in support of the species.
Sightings of the iconic Australian mammal are likely to increase between now and September as koalas leave their trees in search of a mate and the foundation is urging residents to make their backyards more koala-friendly.
A large number of the native animals reside in the Holsworthy and Sandy Point areas, near the proposed site of the controversial Moorebank intermodal transport terminal.
“In some areas of Australia koalas live very close to our homes, and can easily be affected by us,” foundation chief executive officer Susanna Bradshaw said.
“Threats to koalas include habitat clearing, being hit by cars, dog attacks and bushfires.”
Ms Bradshaw urged residents to remain vigilant about koalas and call a wildlife carer or vet if they saw one injured.
“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 said.
“Drive carefully in areas where koalas may be trying to cross the road and keep dogs on the leash when walking and train them not to chase animals.”
Visit fnpw.org.au for more information.
If you see an intenjured koala: phone WIRES on 1300 094 737.
Drive carefully in areas where koalas may be trying to cross the road
Keep dogs on the leash when going for a walk
Call a wildlife carer or vet if you see an injured koala
Retain existing strands of eucalyptus
Plant eucalyptus species
Story: 29 JUL 12 @ 05:00AM BY DAVID CAMPBELL