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Koala celebrates its furry friends this Wildlife Conservation Day

‘We have one chance to create a perfect home for ourselves and restore the wonderful world we inherited.’ Sir David Attenborough said that and no truer words have ever been spoken.

The 2019-20 Australian bushfire season needs no introduction. This Wildlife Conservation Day we’re celebrating our Australian wildlife that had a tough but hopeful year. As bushfire season approaches, it’s important to reflect on the impact the bushfires had but also time to update on how much every donated dollar has helped to save our friends from extinction.

Astonishingly, up to 75 percent of the population of Glossy Black Cockatoos on Kangaroo Island lived within the area that was burnt during the summer bushfires. To aid their recovery, the legends over at WWF-Australia have banded together with their partners to give the little bird some hope.

While WWF-Australia provided the first conservation funding to Kangaroo Island in January 2020, WWF and Koala partnered swiftly in March to support focusing on protecting and restoring habitats, including feed and shelter trees, and nesting sites. 

Then COVID. While it didn’t make the recovery any easier, we had other ideas. With the help of your generous donations, 454 glossy black-cockatoos have been located and 37 nestlings hatched on Kangaroo Island. 

Adopting the Glossy Black Cockatoo

Together, 

• 18 nests that survived the fires have been made possum-proof once more.

• 19 artificial nest boxes (aka ‘cockatubes’) were installed. 

• 7,100 drooping sheoak (Casuarina stricta) seedlings were propagated and planted across approx. 12 hectares to provide increased woodland feeding habitats. 

• Impact assessments – across Kangaroo Island, staff and volunteers were supported to systematically survey glossy hatchlings and flocks, providing insights and breeding success confirmations.

To support the Glossy Black Cockatoo, the Natural Resources Kangaroo Island has also partnered with Nature Foundation SA to establish a fund to directly support the Glossy Black Cockatoo Recovery Program.

To donate to WWF-Australia’s Australian Wildlife and Nature Recovery Fund please click here. Donations will go toward continuing wildlife response efforts, habitat restoration and future-proofing Australia.

Caring about the planet, people, and animals is a big one for Koala. We put our money where our mouth is, and since 2015 we’ve donated over $2 million to charities in Australia.

There are various ways to contribute to a healthy environment: From pollinator gardens, buying locally produced foods, to learning how to recycle smart. It’s little things that have a long term impact.

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