28 August 2009
Did you know Australia has the worst mammalian extinction rate compared to any other country in the world? What is even more appalling is our national icon - the cute and lovable koala - is fast becoming part of this statistic.
We all know koalas sleep over 20 hours a day and eat eucalypt but did you know that in Queensland and New South Wales, koala populations are being decimated due to habitat loss, motor vehicle accidents, and most disturbingly disease.
September is national 'Koala Month' and Australia Zoo is jumping on board to help save this gorgeous Aussie icon.
Visit the Zoo in the September school holidays to be part of the cuddly koala celebrations! We have a whole stack koala fun in store. You can guess how many koala poos in the jar, name a gorgeous joey koala, get you face painted like a koala and join in the koala fancy dress competition. Plus, be sure to visit the Wildlife Warriors stand to learn all about koala conservation and you can do to help.
If you can't make it to the Zoo- don't sweat it! There will be stacks of 'Koala Month' fun at Australia Zoo online right through September. Learn all about koala conservation and the koalas at Australia Zoo on Daily Video Diaries, and follow Australia Zoo on Twitter to receive cool koala facts everyday!
How you can help!
Adopt a koala
Have you ever considered adoption? If you adopt one of gorgeous koalas through-out September you will receive a you-beaut adoption pack plus a paw-painting done by your koala. How cool is that!
Become a Koala Crusader!
Unfortunately research into these diseases, to learn how we can stop them is labour intensive and costly. Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors has the expertise and the determination... all we need is the funding.
We want you to become a KOALA CRUSADER and help us save our national icon! We need 6,000 generous people to donate $80 to cover the cost of research for the next two years. If you donate $80 and over you will receive a limited edition koala crusader key ring and certificate for your generous contribution.
Get involved in ‘Save a koala month' and help save Australia's cutest icon!
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