The population of koalas in New South Wales and southeast Queensland is diminishing, with concerns that they could become extinct as early as 2050.
The recent catastrophic bushfires around Port Macquarie have caused further devastation to the koala population, with approximately 75% of the fireground footprint being prime koala habitat.
The World Wide Fund for Nature-Australia (WWF) has since launched an appeal for koala adoptions, in an attempt to help safeguard the iconic Aussie species.
Becoming a WWF koala adopter involves contributing a select amount, which could help to plant new trees for koalas to live in and care for sick and injured koalas, as well as stop excessive tree-clearing with the goal of protecting wildlife long-term.
According to the WWF, each year, an estimated 500,000 hectares of native forests and woodlands are bulldozed across the country.
The adoption program acts in alliance with the WWF’s new, ten point, tree-recovery plan, Towards Two Billion Trees.
The adoption gift pack includes a plush koala toy, koala fact book, adoption certificate, tote bag, Living Planet magazine, and WWF sticker.
To find out more about koala adoption, see here.