Despite this listing koalas are still under considerable threat. Examples of this were given in two recent Clarence Valley Conservation Coalition posts illustrating how State Forests has little regard for the well-being of this iconic species -
On June 14 - Logging in Core Koala Habitat in Northern NSW
On July 11 - NSW Forestry's Destruction of Koala Habitat
Obviously much more needs to be done to have these vulnerable animals properly protected.
Koala campaigner Pat Edwards has created an on-line petition through the Avaaz organisation. It's called SAVE AUSTRALIA'S KOALAS.
Pat points out that campaigns like this start out small but they can grow quickly when concerned people get involved.
In her petition Pat has stated:
Koalas are a billion dollar industry to Australia, yet still rate a poor second to any development or logging activity that destroys their habitat and causes colony collapse. We urgently call on Australian governments at all levels to finally recognise the importance of koalas, not only to Australia but to the global community.
SAVE AUSTRALIA'S KOALAS Petition
Example of a Koala needing Help
|Photo: Pat Edwards
Young Koala Gumnut, who lived west of Grafton, was orphaned when his mother was killed by a dog. He was called in at 2 a.m., and at around 5 months old weighed just 450g. Right now he's at the Currumbin koala clinic, under supervision by the Australian Wildlife Hospital, and so far is doing OK.