Finding a way to save koalas from bulldozers
It’s a difficult fact to acknowledge, but koalas - one of the nations and the world's most beloved and iconic animals - are in crisis.
Unfortunately, the truth is that we cannot blame anyone but ourselves, as it is our endless quest to cut down trees to build houses that is the main cause of their decline.
Koalas are totally reliant on their favoured trees – eucalypts – to survive. But their homes are being destroyed on a daily basis by bulldozers clearing trees, including eucalypts, for speedy development projects.
Koalas are increasingly forced into residential areas where they are at increased risk from cars and dogs. The tragic story of Ziggy the poor koala who was rescued from a fire on Stradbroke Island only to be later mauled by a dog, is indicative of just how vulnerable these species are.
In a bid to be seen to be doing something to protect koalas, the previous Government announced in 2012 that koala populations in NSW, ACT and QLD would be classed as vulnerable. But this half measure was a token gesture and has proven to do little to protect koalas.
Cut to 2014 and rather than strengthen their protection, the Abbott Government is preparing to further water it down.
They have introduced guidelines that will potentially give developers the green light to build on important koala habitat, without proper assessment and without the opportunity for community or public scrutiny and consultation Abbotts new guidelines are now out for public comment.
IFAW and other groups are deeply concerned that if these guidelines are allowed to go ahead, they will rubber-stamp the destruction of vital koala habitat.
Please get your friends and family to help us too - the more voices the better!
Our koala is the poster child for Australian conservation. If we cannot save these animals that we love so much, what hope of survival do the countless other lesser-known but no less important species have?
Let’s find a way to stop the bulldozers.