There are 24 birds, 78 frogs, and 27 mammal species or subspecies believed to have become extinct since European settlement of Australia.
Will the iconic koala be next?
Can you imagine an Australia without koalas? It’s pretty unthinkable isn’t it? This iconic animal is part of the fabric of this nation and one of the first things that people around the world associate with Australia.
I was truly saddened and shocked to hear the news that Denise Garratt, Director of Help For Wildlife in Victoria has passed away. Denise was one of the very first people I met when I joined IFAW Australia 3 years ago as Native Wildlife Campaigner. From the moment we met I was amazed and inspired by her passion, experience and determination and I will continue to be inspired by her. She was a true Wildlife Angel who looked after so many animals and inspired so many people.
It’s easy in this day and age to dismiss the ability of everyday citizens like you or me to influence government decisions. But we can. Just take the example of the 200 or so koalas that live in the Blackwall range near Ballina.
You’ve spoken out time and again for these koalas, or the Ballina 200, as we’ve nicknamed them.