About the Australian Koala Foundation
Koala’s March has supported the Australian Koala Foundation (AKF) conservation group since its 10th anniversary year in 1994. The AKF has provided nearly $8 million for koala research through universities, institutions and in-house research for such important work asthe Koala Habitat Atlas, conservation projects and restoration work.
Where do koalas live? Koalas are native to Australia, and are found only on this continent or island group. Koalas, while extremely vulnerable to human intervention and habitat loss, enjoy some areas of healthy population in the eastern mainland states.
What is the koala population from 2000-2012? The Threatened Species Scientific Committee of the Australian Government has put the koala population in the ‘hundreds of thousands’. However, the Australia Koala Foundation has established a more conservativeestimate a more , concerned that the number of koalas in the wild has dropped to below 80,000.
Are koalas extinct or endangered?Although the koala is not endangered, the federal government moved to include koalas on its list of threatened species. The ‘threatened’ designation only applied to the most at-risk populations in Queensland, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.
Are there many Eucalyptus trees for koalas?There are 743 species of eucalyptus (“gum trees”), but koalas have shown a preference for about 60 varieties, with their most favorite of these varieties closer to a few dozen.
Why do koalas have upside down pouches?The female koala has a backward-opening pouch because it makes it easier for the young koala to feed once it gets older. After a baby koala is about 28-30 weeks old, the mother produces a substance called pap. This substance is actually a specialized form of the mother’s droppings, which having passed through her digestive system, give the baby koala the enzymes it needs to be able to start digesting the tough Eucalyptus gum leaves, which will become its primary food source.
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Koalas inhabit prime land which humans have been developing for housing and commerce. As a result, not only do koalas lose their sources of shelter and food, but they can become subject to dog attacks and getting hit by cars as suburbia extends further outwards. A prime example of this is in southeast Queensland, where koala numbers have dropped to 60% less than what they were a decade ago, entirely due to increased development – and where they now face extinction by 2020.
The Australian Koala Foundation (AKF) is the principal non-profit, non-government organization dedicated to the conservation and effective management of the wild koala and its habitat.