Koalas back in spotlight

Koalas at Yanchep National Park. Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d404988
Koalas at Yanchep National Park. Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d404988

Chief executive Deborah Tabart said they kicked off the September campaign with a black and white TV commercial that highlights threats to the marsupials.

‘This is the time of the year when people from around the globe can raise valuable funds for us to continue our work,’ Ms Tabart said.

‘This year all funds raised will go directly to the writing of a Koala Protection Act, a simple and effective piece of legislation that provides protection to koalas, their joeys and their habitat.

‘It warms your heart seeing these precious animals in nature and worries me what the future will be like without them.’

While koalas are no longer native to WA, there are currently 11 living in a sanctuary at Yanchep National Park.

When the Duke of Gloucester Prince Henry visited Yanchep in 1934, he was snapped with a couple of koalas, and the animals’ permanent sanctuary opened a few years later.

‘A colony of koalas (originally from Victoria) was relocated to Yanchep in 1938 from Perth Zoo, which could not maintain the animals due to insufficient food supplies,’ YNP manager Alison Pritchard said.

‘They quickly became a major attraction but died of natural causes before 1940.

‘A new colony was established at Yanchep in 1944 which remained in the park for nearly 50 years.

For more information, visit www.savethekoala.com.