WILD AT HEART // The Southern Highlands Koala Conservation Project
Helping & Understanding The Koala Community In The Southern Highlands
One of the awesome things about living in the Southern Highlands, on the fringes of national parks and state forests is that we have some of the cutest neighbours in the world!
Now more than ever, after the bushfires that decimated 25% of koala habit in our region, these little cuties need our help.
And it seems we’re on the front foot thanks to the Southern Highlands Koala Conservation Project!
Set up in 2014 by Wingecarribee Shire Council in partnership with the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage, the Southern Highlands Koala Conservation Project focuses on research, learning, understanding and assisting the 3000 koalas that call the Highlands home.
So how can you help out with this local government initiative?
Lots of ways!
1 // Donate eucalyptus leaves to rehabilitating koalas in care
For super snoozy creatures that sleep 18 – 22 hours a day, they sure do eat a fair bit of eucalyptus leaves! Each koala in care needs the tips of six fresh branches of eucalyptus leaves per day. The team is looking for eucalyptus trees with low branches (less than 4 metres) that you have on your land, or let them know if you’ve seen some on council land or road reserves. If you can help out, register your leaves for for donation using this Koala Feed Tree Locator.
2 // Protect the koala habitat
This can be as simple as planting an eucalyptus tree in your backyard, looking for koalas on a bushwalk or signing a Conservation Agreement if you’re on a larger, rural property. You can also join the Land For Wildlife Program. This is a free council-run program where you get an ecological assessment of your property, variety of maps and access to $2,000 annual grants from the Biodiversity Conservaton Trust. All you need is at least 0.5 hectares of bushland and an enthusiasm for protecting our local koalas!
3 // Report injured or distressed koalas to wildlife carers
We’re so lucky we have lots of amazing organisations that can help when things go wrong. If you see a koala injured or in distress on the ground, please call:
Wildlife Rescue South Coast Inv on 0418 427 214
WIRES on 1300 094 737
4 // Spot a koala
The team at the Southern Highlands Koala Project want to hear about the good stuff too! If you spot a healthy koala on your bushwalk, in your backyard or on your property, let them know! You can message them via their Facebook page, call 4868 0888 or email [email protected] .
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