Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife: Koala Projects
The Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife has been working to expand koala habitats in Redland City, QLD, through tree-planting efforts. These plantings have created corridors where koalas can thrive and reduce their risk of accidents or attacks. Overall, the project aims to ensure a brighter future for Queensland's koalas by addressing the various threats they face.
Project ID: FNPW
Koala populations in Australia have been facing a severe decline over the past two decades, with some areas experiencing an 80% drop in numbers. In New South Wales (NSW), Queensland (QLD), and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), koalas are now classified as a 'vulnerable' species due to this ongoing decline.
There are fewer than 40,000 koalas left in the wild. his decline is primarily attributed to habitat destruction, as approximately 80% of Australia's eucalypt forests, the koala's main food source, have been destroyed over the last century. Other factors contributing to the decline include drought, climate change, diseases, domestic dog attacks, bushfires, and road accidents.
Efforts to combat the koala population decline include initiatives led by the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife (FNPW). These initiatives involve planting native species to extend koala habitats, with the goal of providing safer environments for them to travel, feed, mate, and raise their young. Additionally, FNPW has been involved in research on inoculants to help koalas adapt to new habitats when relocated, increasing their chances of survival.
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