Sunshine Coast Koalas Soon To Be A Memory

Wild koalas in south-east Queensland will be extinct in the near future if nothing is done to protect this iconic species.

In the past twelve months over 700 koalas have been treated from around Queensland, including areas of the Sunshine Coast and Morton Bay.
An Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital (AZWH) spokesperson said “The biggest threats to the current wild koala population include disease, car hits, domestic dog attacks, and deforestation of traditional koala habitat.”

 
Koala populations in south-east Queensland are in a steep decline and are expected to become extinct in the coming years.  Sunshine Coast Koala Wildlife Rescue (SCKWR) media manager Jaylene Musgrave stated the public needs to become more proactive about making a difference in the world, especially in the case of our national wildlife.  Growing expansion and development on the sunshine coast is causing a major issue. Ms Musgrave stated “development is like a virus” and the continual destruction of koala habitat as happened in places such as Peregian Springs needs to be closely monitored by not only Government officials but also the community as a whole.

 
With local councils heavily promoting national wildlife as a major tourism draw, Ms Musgrave says that it is disappointing that they do not invest any money into the conservation and protection of the species.  Local organisations such as the SCKWR being funded by the founders, twin brothers Ray and Murray Chambers, and public donations with no Government support.

 
An AZWH spokesperson stated “If nothing is done to protect wild koalas in our area, the sad reality is that they will very soon become extinct,” and that the public needs to be aware of deforestation in areas where koalas are living.
Ms Musgrave displayed how frightening the current situation is, stating “you are more likely to see a koala as road kill than in the wild on the Sunshine Coast”.
Kelly Butterworth, USC Journalism Student.

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4 responses to “Sunshine Coast Koalas Soon To Be A Memory

  1. Nothing speaks more about Australia’s lack of consideration for its animals than this. The koala, facing extinction.
    This animals is one of our national treasures. It’s a native animal so precious but yet so ignored.
    And what do we do?
    Nothing.
    We end up relying on charities and individuals to tirelessly devote themselves to the plight of these amazing creatures.
    And that just isn’t good enough.
    These animals are Australia and we turn a blind eye.
    When will the government step up and actually invest in any kind of commitment to animal welfare. If it’s not for our dogs, our cats or any companion animal, if it’s not a stand against cruel animal testing, if it’s not to stop live exports and protecting farm animals, if it’s not for proper labelling for free range, if it’s not for protecting Australia’s sealife, and if it’s not for the most precious of Australian native wildlife, then what is it for?
    Please fight koalas. You are all you’ve got.

    • Very well put cteeal. Unfortunately welfare is the thing that is keeping animals enslaved and tortured. We need to rewrite welfare legislation – this is why I work directly with animal lawyers and a barrister – govts are not trustworthy to be incharge of animal rights. Challenging them legally is all we have left. xxJ

  2. Hopefully we can sue the Government as The Koala is the Official Emblen for Queensland!!!!
    Then spend the money buying the Koalas more land and planting more trees..

    Animal (faunal) emblem
    The koala was officially named the animal (faunal) emblem of Queensland in 1971, after a newspaper poll showed strong public support for this endearing marsupial.

    The Queensland Government introduced the poll due to a proposal by state tourism ministers for all states to adopt a faunal emblem.

  3. Yes Eloura, as I say above, court action is now the only option. The govt is not wanting to list them as endangered as this opens the floodgates of then having to list every other native animal the same, which they are. xxJ

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