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Koalas in South East Queensland are on the brink of extinction due to excessive tree-clearing. We can’t let this happen. Here’s how to help...

A Crisis In Our Own Backyard

Time is running out for our koalas. Every day, koalas and their homes are being destroyed by excessive tree-clearing, driving them to the brink of extinction. 80% of koalas along Queensland’s Koala Coast have already been lost. There is a window of opportunity to help save Queensland’s koalas, by urging the State Government to strengthen the laws to protect vital habitat for koalas and other Aussie wildlife.

KIMBYs sent

Send a Message. Send a KIMBY.

It’s easy to help now…
Send a virtual origami koala, called a KIMBY, to key Queensland politicians to let them know you want to see Koalas In My Backyard.

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Meet KIMBY!

KIMBY - which stands for Koala In My BackYard - is an origami koala designed to show politicians that Queensland is our shared backyard, where we want to see koalas and other Australian wildlife not just survive, but thrive.
KIMBY will carry your message of hope for koalas to key politicians. Send a KIMBY now

Why are we losing koalas?

 

Excessive tree-clearing is having a devastating impact on our koalas and other native wildlife. Hear stories from people like koala carer, Clare, from Return to the Wild Inc. and Dr Jon Hanger, from Endveavour Veterinary Ecology, who work on the front line helping koalas who have been left orphaned, injured and homeless.

What excessive tree-clearing looks like

Every day, koalas and their homes are being destroyed due to excessive tree-clearing. Survivors are made homeless and left to roam looking for food and shelter, that they may never find.

This was not always the case. In 2013 reasonable controls on tree-clearing were abandoned by the former Queensland Government, causing tree-clearing rates to triple, destroying the homes and the lives of thousands of koalas and other native wildlife.

We are already seeing localised extinctions in parts of Queensland where koalas once thrived. What remains of the trees are empty, the koalas moved on long ago, likely to be hit by cars, attacked by dogs, or struck with disease as they look for a new home.

That’s why WWF-Australia is working to raise awareness of excessive tree-clearing and put the need to protect koalas from clearing on the agenda of Queensland politicians.

 

Koalas in decline

Map showing the decline of koala populations in NSW and South-East Queensland © WWF-Australia

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Thank you for sending a KIMBY

Your KIMBY is now on its way to help save koalas. Want to do more?
Donate now to rehabilitate sick and injured koalas that have lost their homes.

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Share your KIMBY

Your KIMBY will be sent to the following influential Queensland politicians:

Hon Annastacia Palaszczuk The Premier
Hon Jackie Trad The Deputy Premier
Hon Tim Nicholls The Leader of the Opposition
Hon Steven Miles Environment Minister
Dr Christian Rowan Shadow Minister for the Environment
Dr Anthony Lynham Minister for Natural Resources
Hon Mick deBrenni Minister for Public Works
Hon Mark Bailey Minister for Main Roads
Mr Ian Walker Member for Mansfield
Mr Glen Elmes Member for Noosa
Mr John-Paul Langbroek Member for Surfers Paradise
Ms Tarnya Smith Member for Mt Ommaney

I am one of thousands concerned about excessive tree clearing and its impact on Queensland’s koala population.

In 2013 reasonable controls on tree-clearing were abandoned by the then Queensland Government. The impact has been immediate and catastrophic - tree-clearing rates have since tripled. In Queensland right now, a tree is ripped down every second, destroying the homes and the lives of thousands of koalas and other native wildlife every year.

Excessive tree-clearing is threatening to wipe out the last remaining populations of our precious east coast koalas. Queensland’s Koala Coast has already lost over 80 per cent of its koalas.

Koala habitat is being torn down so fast that in some areas in Queensland they are now locally extinct. Is this the legacy you want to leave?

If koalas die out on our watch, we will have let down our children, our grandchildren and, in view of the whole world, destroyed one of the unique and iconic species that makes Queensland and Australia great. Please don’t let that happen.

We need the Queensland Government to urgently restore laws to protect koalas and their homes from excessive tree-clearing.

I’ve joined with WWF-Australia to send you this KIMBY - which stands for Koala In My Backyard - to remind you that Queensland is our shared backyard, where we want to see koalas and other Australian wildlife not just survive, but thrive.

Yours sincerely,

[Your name and personal message will appear here!]

© Sian Breen / WWF-Aus

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