Updated: Jun 25, 2020
Happy February! This month, Francis meets a couple of cute & cuddly koalas. We chose to do this particular letter not only to celebrate animal love, but to also help bring awareness to the wildfire tragedy in Australia that's been going on since last September. If you would like to help or get involved, below we've listed several well known organizations for you to learn more. You and your kids can help by planting a tree, donating money, or even adopting a koala!
How can we help animals in Australia?
WIRES: Australia's largest wildlife rescue organization, is accepting donations to fund the rescue and care of animals affected by the fires. Learn more at wires.org.au.
Koala Hospital Port Macquarie: This koala hospital in New South Wales is accepting donations to fund the rescue, treatment and release of koalas. Donate at koalahospital.org.au
World Wildlife Fund Australia: This chapter of the international wildlife conservation organization is accepting donations to care for injured wildlife and, when the fires clear, to plant 10,000 native trees in critical koala habitats, including in "koala triangle," the heartland of Australia's healthiest wild koala populations. Donate at donate.wwf.org.au.
Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park: This wildlife park in South Australia is raising money for koala veterinary costs, koala milk and supplements, and extra holding and rehabilitation enclosures. A GoFundMe page organized by park owner Dana Mitchell has raised more than $800,000. Donate here.
Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital: Bindi Irwin, the daughter of famed wildlife conservationist and "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin, has been taking in many displaced animals at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, which is owned by her mother, Terri. The zoo's Wildlife Warriors program is raising money for new enclosures to house flying foxes and koalas injured or displaced by fires. Donate at wildlifewarriors.org.au.
Australian Koala Foundation: This foundation allows you to "adopt" a koala through a symbolic foster program; your monthly fee funds protection efforts for wild koalas. You can also pay to "plant a tree" to help restore koala habitat. The foundation is also asking that Koala lovers write letters to politicians in support of the Koala Protection Act. https://www.savethekoala.com/
Having Fun With Koalas!
Here are a few websites we like for kids, to learn more about Koalas:
San Diego Zoo - Fun website to learn all about animals with fun facts and stories, videos, games, activities, and even a live web cam! https://kids.sandiegozoo.org/animals/koala
Video - All About Koalas for Kids: Koalas for Children - FreeSchool https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzU-DjUMzsg&feature=youtu.be
Australian Koala Foundation - This site is loaded with information about koalas. There is a section for kids with puzzles, lots of pictures, and fun facts. Lots of different ways to donate here, as well. https://www.savethekoala.com/
Books - There are many cute books on Amazon about Koalas, but there are too many to list. Check out your local library as well!
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Your Pals, Jamie & Francis
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