Although a national symbol and the inspiration for thousands of toy bears, koalas are threatened by the same loss of habitat that impacts many of Australia’s unique creatures as well as the dangers posed by human beings. Habitat loss causes koalas to spend more time on the ground moving between trees, which increases their chances of accidents and attack by predators. Many of the injured koalas found have had an unfortunate run-in with a vehicle or a dog.
The Australian nonprofit, Friends of the Koala, is dedicated to saving and improving the condition of koalas in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales. Northern Rivers’ koalas are similar in appearance to Queensland koalas but are smaller than their southern counterparts.
Volunteer rehabilitators operate a round-the-clock rescue service for sick, injured, and orphaned koalas. Other projects include a native plant nursery to help local gardeners plant koala food trees.
By helping people to become more aware of the koalas in the region, and how to protect them, FOK works to reduce threats to koalas as well as expand their habitat.
While the goal is to return as many koalas as possible to the wild, those koalas who cannot be safely released become “permanent care” residents in the group’s center.
All koalas rehabilitated and released by FOK are tagged. FOK also tracks the movement of koalas in the region to help scientists better understand and protect these beautiful creatures.
Pimms drinks his bottle while Georgina waits patiently for her turn. Both koala joeys (or infants) were filmed during rehabilitation by Friends of the Koala, Northern Rivers, NSW, Australia.
Give 10 Textbooks to Refugees and Immigrants in Need: Completed April 26, 2017
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In America, over 25 million individuals age five and older struggle with English as a non-native language. Speaking English is critical to attaining a better life, but unfortunately it is financially out of reach for far too many new immigrants. English For New Bostonians is working to help these immigrants to achieve success. With your help we can give 10 textbooks to refugees and immigrants in need!
Help Spay/Neuter and Vaccinate 3 Homeless Cats: Completed April 24, 2017
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According to the ASPCA, nearly 1 million cats in the United States are euthanized each year. Cat Town, a 501(c)3 non-profit decided to address this issue locally. Since 2011, they’ve dropped their euthanasia rate from 42% to just 10%. Join Cat Town in their mission to stop euthanasia at their shelter entirely. Click today to spay/neuter and vaccinate 3 homeless cats in Oakland!
Protect Critical Land for National Parks in Chile!: Completed April 21, 2017
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The country of Chile is home to some of the most breathtaking natural wonders of the world. Thanks to the Chilean government and Tompkins Conservation, Chile has signed a historic pledge to create 11 million acres of new national parks! Through our partnership with Tompkins Conservation, you can help ensure legal and transaction costs are covered to enact this historic national park creation. Click today to protect this beautiful land!
Provide Speech Therapy for 14 Autistic Children: Completed April 19, 2017
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April is Autism Awareness Month! Speech therapy can address a wide range of the types of communication problems children with autism experience. Speech therapists help their patients learn skills that will allow them to interact and communicate successfully with others. Methods may include basic training in making sounds, strengthening of muscles used for speech, vocabulary-building, alternate forms of communication, or a combination of these techniques and more.
Care for 68 Rescued Rabbits: Completed April 17, 2017
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Each Easter, thousands of bunnies are purchased as toys for children – and 80% are left abandoned. With your help, we can feed 68 rescued rabbits for one week at the Rabbit Sanctuary. Living in a forever sanctuary, these bunnies always are housed with a buddy and enjoy a varied diet of pellets and seasonal produce. These rabbits need your help URGENTLY!
Give Egg-Laying Hens to 12 Families in Haiti: Completed April 14, 2017
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Imagine living on an island where the soil is nutrient-poor, water supply is unreliable, and crops are difficult to sustain. Feeding your family is not easy. Now imagine receiving a chicken coop and three hens, along with the resources to take care of them for years to come. Click to help make this a reality for 12 families in Haiti!
Help Save the Pangolin from Becoming Extinct!: Completed April 12, 2017
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The pangolin, known for its majestic armor-like scales, is rapidly disappearing due to illegal poaching. In fact, some experts believe pangolins to be one of the most trafficked animals in the world, given recent seizures of black market shipments containing thousands of these wonderful creatures. Your help is needed URGENTLY!
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