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Koalas need our help (Upper primary year 5 - 6)

Staff |  01 August 2012

The Koala is one of Australia’s most loved animals. But our koalas are in danger.

Scientist think there are only 40,000 to 80,000 koalas left in the wild.

Doreen Vella is a young writer for Australian Catholics magazine. She learned about the dangers Koalas face at a Forest Education Program in 2010.

‘I was astonished at how many koalas were suffering in the wild today’, says Doreen.

Across Australia, koalas are endangered. They are protected by the law, but their habitat isn’t. A habitat is where an animal lives.

Vella explains, ‘The clearing of forests are the koala's main threat.’

Eucalyptus trees are cut down. Then the land is used for farming, building and development.

But the loss of a koala’s home is more than a loss of shelter and food.

‘It also makes koalas more vulnerable to being hit by traffic’, says Vella.

Koalas end up fighting more for food and a place to sleep. They also become more vulnerable to diseases.

Doreen Vella thinks it’s time to stand up for the koala. What can you do to help our koalas?

Save the Koala

September is ‘Save the Koala’ month. Help the Australian Koala Foundation support koalas in need. You can visit their website and learn new things and help fundraise money for Australia's treasure: the koala.

Simply donate, adopt a koala or plant a tree. At work or school, put a cute collection box on your desk or counter to raise much needed funds for the cause. Download the free fundraising kit and see what you can do at your local school. The possibilities are endless!

Did you know

Koalas that live in southern parts of Australia have thicker skin than those in the north. This is so they can remain warm in the chilly southern winters.

There is no collective noun for a group of koalas as they do not travel or move in a group. Koalas like to be alone.

Koalas communicate by making a snoring noise followed by a belch which is known as a 'bellow'.
Questions and activities for 'Koalas need our help' (Upper primary: year 5 to 6)

1. Why is the koala important to Australia?
2. Why is it important to save the koala?
3. What must Australians do to help? What can you do?


Save the Koala: Plan a ‘Save the Koala’ day or week at your school this September. Your class could fundraise by a bake sale, rummage sale or collect money to give to the Australian Koala Foundation.


Topic tags: australianidentity, environmentalissues, socialjustice–australia

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