SPOT A KOALA

Cute na­tives love to sleep and hang out by the beach at the Na­tional Park

Noosa Life and Style - - FASHION - AM­BER MACPHER­SON

NOTH­ING unites Noosa like our na­tive koalas. The best spot to see one in the fur is def­i­nitely the Noosa Na­tional Park, with its walk­ing tracks wind­ing through dense bush­land and high trees.

In fact, you’d be pretty un­lucky to miss out on see­ing one while trekking through the pic­turesque walk­ways by the wa­ter’s edge.

Noosa con­ser­va­tion groups have even named some of the lo­cal icons, in­clud­ing Teadoro, Hastyngs, Is­abelle and Ag­gie, the last of which is cur­rently rais­ing a very cute lit­tle joey.

If you spot a koala in Noosa, you can re­port it to Noosa Koala Sight­ings Face­book page, a group who like to keep a close eye on the health of the pop­u­la­tion.

Or en­ter its lo­ca­tion at koala­tracker.com.au.

If there’s a koala in a spot of trou­ble, near a road or look­ing sick and hurt, con­tact Koala Res­cue Queens­land.

Queens­land Koala Cru­saders pres­i­dent Meghan Halver­son and her hus­band Rex fell in love with koalas when they em­i­grated to Noosa from south­ern Cal­i­for­nia.

“She (Meghan) started vol­un­teer­ing at the wildlife hospi­tal nine years ago,” Rex said.

“She saw a lot of hurt koalas and sick koalas and it was heart­break­ing. In the last 10 years, 90% of the pop­u­la­tion of koalas has dis­ap­peared.”

Meghan said koalas were fac­ing a tough bat­tle against habi­tat de­struc­tion and in­fec­tious dis­ease.

“Right now, (koalas) they’re in trou­ble, they’re un­well,” Meghan said.

“The dis­ease is chlamy­dia, and they’re also suf­fer­ing from a retro­virus, it’s a koala AIDS virus.

“So it’s more im­por­tant than ever to help them.”

You can help koalas by do­nat­ing at koalacru­saders.org.au.

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