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  • My story is a bit strange. As they say: God gives uncharted paths. I am Ukrainian, our family lives in the capital of Ukraine, in Kyiv. Many years of my life I thought that koalas are cute animals from the far end of the world. Funny, but nothing personal.

    Our love for koalas in my family began with a single photo where international leaders who met in Australia, photographed with koalas as a symbol of Australia. It was for us a very stressful period. For Ukraine fell on hard times in 2014 (I will not write about it in detail here, for those who are interested in international politics even a little, they know what’s going on), my daughter did not know what will happen to its teaching at the university, and we were all concerned what happens to us tomorrow :( . But Ukrainians tried to maintain composure and sense of humor, and did on picture that for we so liked different jokes – that even koalas do not want Putin.

    My daughter liked this koala, daughter has found yet another koala on your copybook, and admired her. I thought that in this difficult situation we need moral support, some good thing, that will help my daughter cope with stress. Daughter have not requested toys, but in Ukraine are not real live koala. So I found our Tetyasya and we revived :) it. She is the elven :) koala, talking with us, eating, singing, traveling and working as our psychologist :) . My daughter thought that she needed a couple, and this year we found Mikhas’ :) . He is also the elven koala and he with Tetyasya finally prompted me start to learn English active, so that I could talk with other fans koalas. How could we not love koalas?

    Now all we love koalas, we write a fairy tales about our koalas for future grandchildren (about Tetyasya https://ridarx.wordpress.com/2016/09/08/koala_1/ and about Mikhas’ https://ridarx.wordpress.com/2017/01/03/myxas1/ ) and we try to benefit for live koalas, which is available to us. In particular, we are signing the petitions on the conservation of koalas and their habitat, and we plant trees and we make other environmental actions that can help koalas remotely. After all, nature conservation and improve the climate around the globe is dependent on how will try to do this the inhabitants of each country. For example, this year we encourage our neighbors plant trees toward the Wild Koala Day in Australia, with solidarity.

    About our initiatives for koalas I inform other fans koalas in Facebook groups (eg, https://www.facebook.com/groups/helpkoalas/ , show our photos that illustrate it).

    Dear Australians, remember, please, that koalas are not only your property and your joy :) , but there are other people on the planet who love them, glad to see koalas at least in photos and video, and for whom it is important that koalas were alive!
  • Good Afternoon Sir Richard,


    I read in our local paper The Noosa News your concern and efforts towards the declining population of our beautiful koalas and am very happy you have come on board of this most important rescue.


    As of this Tuesday 21st June, the migration of the bat colony has returned to Goat Island after decimating one koala habitat, Wallace Park, and hunting out koalas from another of our parks, Pinaroo Park. As you can imagine, as koala lovers, we are ecstatic the bats have returned to their original habitat and pleasing to say not one bat was harmed or killed.


    Mayor Tony Wellington, in newspaper reports, has urged people to stay away from Goat Island which is under the control of Queensland Department of National Parks, Sports and Racing, and Mayor Wellington has said council will be talking with the State Government about a possible exclusion zone around the island. Under the exclusion zone, public access would not be permitted and boats and flying craft would also need to be kept well clear.


    How beautiful for a protected species, the bats, to have their own island especially with no humans to disturb them!!!!


    Back on mainland it is fabulous to hear again the calls of bird life after four and a half years of bat screeching drowning out even our own thoughts in Wallace Park and two and a half years in Pinaroo Park.


    Why I am writing is that it is time for a determined program be instituted by our council to remove the paperbarks and blossom gums and replace them with gum trees, fir trees and pine trees in their place. A dead and denuded forest will be easy to remove. Tube stocks can be obtained by the council for little expense and perhaps the community could be involved including schools, etc. It will add to the environment and hopefully make Wallace Park a koala sanctuary/conservatory and a protection area could be established for little expense if Noosa Council were to select the proper trees, also bringing back other wildlife such as kangaroos, wallabies and all bird life which were all there before the bats got rid of them, and reintroduce koalas back into Pinaroo Park also.


    Pinaroo Park is also hoping the protected species of black cockatoos, tawny faced owls, lorikeets, etc., will also return. Pinaroo Park is also the major duck breeding ground in the wetlands in the Noosa area.


    The time and conditions are absolutely right, right now to act as with absolutely no bats to worry about.


    I am sure the Noosa people would absolutely love your help in establishing the above suggestions and look forward to your help and reply.


    Yours sincerely,

    Robyn Richards
  • “Breeding season is drawing to a close and the young sub adult koalas born of the previous year are being encouraged to leave the home range of their mothers to find a place of their own. Young females often share the home range of their mothers provided sufficient food trees are available to meet their needs. Males are forced by the residential ‘alpha’ male to move on and injuries can be sustained should these male youngsters not move out of their own accord. As the weather gets warmer and drier consider leaving containers of fresh water in the shade near trees as this will be used by thirsty koalas as well as other wildlife.


    Please keep your domestic animals restrained particularly at night as these youngsters have not as yet developed the “bush smarts” to deal with predators. When driving past park land, reserves or bush land please slow down. A koala hit by a motor vehicle travelling around 60kph will survive most injuries, any faster and the end result will not be favourable for the koala concerned. Koala Action Inc. provides interesting free koala education and awareness presentations, please ring the Secretary on 0407 101 837 should you wish to organise one for your friends, group, club or organisation.”


    Thanks Vanda (aka Wanda) Grabowski

    President/Secretary

    Koala Action Inc.
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  • Hi,

    I got involved in working with koalas when I moved to Australia in 2009. Whilst working at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital I fell in love with this amazing marsupial and to this day, it is my passion that keeps me fired up to speak out on their behalf. I am so grateful for this opportunity to do “What’s Best for Koalas” and for other species under their umbrella. If we can protect the koalas and their habitat and work together to do this, we just may be able to preserve them for future generations. I hope you will join me in this quest and become a voice for koalas in Australia and around the world! :)