Join us in amplifying our recent nomination to protect the Strzelecki koala under the EPBC Act!
On March 31st Friends of the Earth made a nomination to consider the Strzelecki koala for listing under the federal environment law - Environment Protection Biodiversity & Conservation (EPBC) Act. This act serves to protect threatened species across Australia, however approving nominations can come as a challenge for our endangered wildlife.
The future for the Strzelecki Koala is uncertain with a dwindling population, with estimates of 1,500-2,000 animals. Yet with ongoing pressures felt with intensifying weather events (bushfires & storms), logging, disease, car strikes and dog attacks, they are only hanging on by a limb. Their future is critical as they are the only koalas in Victoria to descend from the original koala genome, meaning they are genetically diverse and significant.
Last year we asked for your support to elevate the genetic importance of the threatened Strzelecki koala by contacting Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley. Now that we have made the EPBC nomination, we are asking Victorian Environment Minister Lily D' Ambrosio to join us by backing our nomination for the Strzelecki koala.
Can you help to amplify the voices across our community to demonstrate how important the Strzelecki koalas are by sending a quick email today to Victorian Environment Minister Lily D'Ambrosio?
If the Strzelecki koala was to be federally recognised this could enable greater protection of the Strzelecki koala from land-clearing and development, which is fundamental, without healthy and extensive habitat, the koalas will disappear.
Photo credit: Sandy Thompson - Friends of the Strzelecki Koala