September is a special time to consider how you can help koalas. This month is Save the Koala Month, and September 29 is Save the Koala Day. Not only are they adorably cute and furry, they also help spread eucalyptus in the ecosystem and also maintaining the whole environments health. They are also called “eucalyptus mowers” as they spread the plant and are considered nutrient providers. Sadly, there are 43,000 to 100,000 koalas left in the wild and have now been upgraded to critically endangered, according Australian Koala Foundation. They are in serious decline suffering from the effects of habitat destruction, domestic dog attacks, bushfires and road accidents. In addition, koalas have been hunted and killed for their fur in the past and have always needed help from compassionate animal lovers, lets come to their rescue.
Here are some ways you can help koalas:
- Write to the Australian Environment Minister to advocate listing the Southeast Queensland koala population as critically endangered and protecting koala habitat more effectively.
- “Adopt” a koala from the Australian Koala Foundation.
- Plant a eucalyptus tree online through the Australian Koala Foundation.
- For those living in eastern Australia, planting a eucalyptus tree on your property is a wonderful way to help. Here is a Koala Tree Planting PDF which provides information about what species of eucalyptus to plant.