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    Australian Koala Foundation



    The Australian Koala Foundation is the primary non- government organisation that aims to save the wild koala. It is totally non - government funded to remain an unbiased voice and can speak fairly and equally for the koala.

    Headquartered in the heart of Brisbane, Queensland the Australian Koala Foundation was formed in 1986 to “save the koala”. The Australian Koala Foundation is a principal non- government organisation whose primary goal is to contribute to the conservation and effective management of the wild koala in Australia.

    THE STATUS OF THE AUSTRALIAN KOALA

    Since white settlement of Australia over 80 percent of the koala’s natural habitat has been destroyed and of the remaining 20 percent almost none is protected. Moreover, most of the koala’s remaining habitat is on privately owned land; therefore koalas have to compete with humans on a daily basis to ensure their survival.
    Koalas in the wild face a number of threats such as destruction of habitat, cars, dogs, disease and sadly human apathy. It is estimated that less than 100 000 koalas exist in the wild. The survival of the species depends on the retention and effective management of suitable habitat and a greater public respect and knowledge of these endearing creatures, something the AKF strives to achieve through a multiple of ongoing projects.

    AKF PROJECTS

    Koala Habitat Atlas
    The AKF has funded millions of dollars into research and conservation projects throughout Australia. The greatest achievement is the coordination of the Koala Habitat Atlas that endeavours to record and identify koala habitat throughout Australia.

    The koala Habitat Atlas has been designed to assist land-use planners by providing much needed information on the occurrence and importance of suitable koala habitat so that informed and effective decisions can be made regarding conservation an d management.
    The scientific accomplishment of this project was identified when the AKF was awarded the Computerworld Smithsonian Medal for excellence in mapping in 1998.

    Moreover, largely as a result of the work of the Australian Koala Foundation and our Koala Habitat Atlas the species was upgraded to ‘vulnerable’ under the Nature Conservation Act receiving more protection than ever before.

    The Australian Koala Foundation’s accomplishment is based on vision, research and knowledge of its members. Chief Ecologist, John Callaghan scientifically helps to identify and rank koala habitat in Australia whilst research officers coordinate ongoing data collection quantifying koala habitat throughout the koala’s geographic range. They are incredibly diverse individuals with a wide range of expertise who have come together under the banner of ‘saving the koala’ to contribute to conservation of our natural environment and with one vision to conserve the status of our native icon.

    The National Koala Act
    It is the view of the Australian Koala Foundation that the existing federal legislation , the EPBC Act is inadequate to protect the koala across its geographic range and we would seek to create a combined piece of legislation to protect this significant species.
    The National Koala Act would seek to identify, map and protect koala habitat via legislation. It is likely that a number of legal precedents will be set by the creation of a NKA and that other fauna and flora species will benefit as the koala acts as the flagship species indicating the troubles of the eco-system.

    Education
    Animal and habitat conservation is a difficult task, and the AKF recognises the importance of community education. AKF, via the web site www.savethekoala.com makes educational resources available to students and the general public on request.

    The AKF sees it’s main public service as the provision of scientifically based and credible information.

    Environmental Service Provider
    The AKF’s environmental division provides a consultancy service to assess land proposed for development and recommends solutions that are best for the koala. In addition, the AKF can provide impartial koala experts to act as expert witnesses in legal cases.

    National Overview for Koala Groups
    The AKF also acts as an umbrella for many of the smaller groups and individuals that represent the koala, hosting conferences for scientists, planners, developers and caregivers. The AKF provides a forum for all those involved in koala conservation to discuss common issues of concern and share information.

    Fundraising
    The AKF has raised millions of dollars for conservation and research since its inception. The AKF is an independent, non-profit, non-government organisation that raises funds through sponsorship, Save the Koala Day, and month, Eco-tours, promotions, merchandising and private and public donations.

    THE FUTURE

    Currently the AKF is focused on expanding the Koala Habitat Atlas. To arrest the long-term decline in Koala numbers the AKF future plans are to map the koala’s entire range. This will help developers, planners and home owners to make conscious decisions regarding the conservation of the koala and their habitat, if the wild koala is to survive humans must stop impinging upon the koala’s homes and agree to protect the species.


    The Australian Koala Foundation’s will continue with their education and conservation messages, informing the public and government figures on what can be done to ensure the survival of this unassuming, gentle creature. It is imperative that Australians acknowledge that ‘koalas do not live in our backyards, we live in theirs’.

    Additionally, people must come to realise that each individual carries a certain responsibility in helping to protect the koala via responsible dog ownership, appropriate pool and house fencing but moreover they can help to minimise the destruction of koala appropriate trees. It is simple, really “No Tree …No Me”. The destruction of trees that provide food, shelter, social interaction and meeting places for koalas will ultimately lead to the loss of the species.

    Moreover, the AKF hope to have the koala protected via the establishment of the NKA and listed as a vulnerable species in Australia.
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    Address:
    GPO Box 2659 Brisbane Queensland Australia
    Brisbane , 4001
    Australia
    Phone: 61 - 7 - 3229 7233
    Fax: 61- 7 - 3221 0337
    E-Mail: akf@savethekoala.com
    Website: http://www.savethekoala.com
       


    Detailed Information:
    Headquartered in the heart of Brisbane, Queensland the Australian Koala Foundation was formed in 1986 to “save the koala”. The Australian Koala Foundation is a principal non- government organisation whose primary goal is to contribute to the conservation and effective management of the wild koala in Australia.

    THE STATUS OF THE AUSTRALIAN KOALA

    Since white settlement of Australia over 80 percent of the koala’s natural habitat has been destroyed and of the remaining 20 percent almost none is protected. Moreover, most of the koala’s remaining habitat is on privately owned land; therefore koalas have to compete with humans on a daily basis to ensure their survival.
    Koalas in the wild face a number of threats such as destruction of habitat, cars, dogs, disease and sadly human apathy. It is estimated that less than 100 000 koalas exist in the wild. The survival of the species depends on the retention and effective management of suitable habitat and a greater public respect and knowledge of these endearing creatures, something the AKF strives to achieve through a multiple of ongoing projects.

    AKF PROJECTS

    Koala Habitat Atlas
    The AKF has funded millions of dollars into research and conservation projects throughout Australia. The greatest achievement is the coordination of the Koala Habitat Atlas that endeavours to record and identify koala habitat throughout Australia.

    The koala Habitat Atlas has been designed to assist land-use planners by providing much needed information on the occurrence and importance of suitable koala habitat so that informed and effective decisions can be made regarding conservation an d management.
    The scientific accomplishment of this project was identified when the AKF was awarded the Computerworld Smithsonian Medal for excellence in mapping in 1998.

    Moreover, largely as a result of the work of the Australian Koala Foundation and our Koala Habitat Atlas the species was upgraded to ‘vulnerable’ under the Nature Conservation Act receiving more protection than ever before.

    The Australian Koala Foundation’s accomplishment is based on vision, research and knowledge of its members. Chief Ecologist, John Callaghan scientifically helps to identify and rank koala habitat in Australia whilst research officers coordinate ongoing data collection quantifying koala habitat throughout the koala’s geographic range. They are incredibly diverse individuals with a wide range of expertise who have come together under the banner of ‘saving the koala’ to contribute to conservation of our natural environment and with one vision to conserve the status of our native icon.

    The National Koala Act
    It is the view of the Australian Koala Foundation that the existing federal legislation , the EPBC Act is inadequate to protect the koala across its geographic range and we would seek to create a combined piece of legislation to protect this significant species.
    The National Koala Act would seek to identify, map and protect koala habitat via legislation. It is likely that a number of legal precedents will be set by the creation of a NKA and that other fauna and flora species will benefit as the koala acts as the flagship species indicating the troubles of the eco-system.

    Education
    Animal and habitat conservation is a difficult task, and the AKF recognises the importance of community education. AKF, via the web site www.savethekoala.com makes educational resources available to students and the general public on request.

    The AKF sees it’s main public service as the provision of scientifically based and credible information.

    Environmental Service Provider
    The AKF’s environmental division provides a consultancy service to assess land proposed for development and recommends solutions that are best for the koala. In addition, the AKF can provide impartial koala experts to act as expert witnesses in legal cases.

    National Overview for Koala Groups
    The AKF also acts as an umbrella for many of the smaller groups and individuals that represent the koala, hosting conferences for scientists, planners, developers and caregivers. The AKF provides a forum for all those involved in koala conservation to discuss common issues of concern and share information.

    Fundraising
    The AKF has raised millions of dollars for conservation and research since its inception. The AKF is an independent, non-profit, non-government organisation that raises funds through sponsorship, Save the Koala Day, and month, Eco-tours, promotions, merchandising and private and public donations.

    THE FUTURE

    Currently the AKF is focused on expanding the Koala Habitat Atlas. To arrest the long-term decline in Koala numbers the AKF future plans are to map the koala’s entire range. This will help developers, planners and home owners to make conscious decisions regarding the conservation of the koala and their habitat, if the wild koala is to survive humans must stop impinging upon the koala’s homes and agree to protect the species.


    The Australian Koala Foundation’s will continue with their education and conservation messages, informing the public and government figures on what can be done to ensure the survival of this unassuming, gentle creature. It is imperative that Australians acknowledge that ‘koalas do not live in our backyards, we live in theirs’.

    Additionally, people must come to realise that each individual carries a certain responsibility in helping to protect the koala via responsible dog ownership, appropriate pool and house fencing but moreover they can help to minimise the destruction of koala appropriate trees. It is simple, really “No Tree …No Me”. The destruction of trees that provide food, shelter, social interaction and meeting places for koalas will ultimately lead to the loss of the species.

    Moreover, the AKF hope to have the koala protected via the establishment of the NKA and listed as a vulnerable species in Australia.


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