Wild Koala Day celebrates our fragile Coast wildlife
HOW wild is a koala? Very wild if he knew how fragile life is on the Sunshine Coast and throughout South East Queensland.
So Wild Koala Day on May 3 was an opportunity for people to get involved and learn more about this very endangered icon.
Overseas tourists are attracted by the chance to see koalas in the region but so many are disappointed when they fail to spot even one.
However, the Queensland Koala Crusaders and Noosa Koala Sightings invited people to join wildlife photographer Bernard Jean who knows every koala in the region and is always on the lookout for new arrivals.
Bernard was joined by Meghan Halverson, President of the Queensland Koala Crusaders for the informative walk through the Noosa National Park.
Unfortunately, tourists cause unintended stressful harm by touching the tree a koala is sitting in, getting too close, crowding around the tree, making excessive noise and movements to attract the creature's attention.
The Queensland Koala Crusaders launched a Schools Koala Art Competition on Wild Koala Day with the top 25 entries to be published in a book.
Winners will be announced at the Koala Kids Day on July 23.