Long road to recovery

Amid the overwhelming coronavirus new deluge, it would have been easy to miss this little snippet of good news: a group of 12 koalas, plus a new joey still in the pouch, have been returned to their Kanangra home in the NSW Blue Mountains. The ABC RN program interviewed Dr Kellie Leigh, Director of Science for Wildlife. You can listen to it here.

More good news came out of Kangaroo Island where arborist Kai Wild shared some good news about the conditions on the island.

So how is the general koala population recovering? Mongabay, a non-profit provider of conservation and environmental science news has released a great three-part series looking at the issues facing the recovery effort. The first part features an interview with the Koala Hospital’s director Cheyne Flanagan.

But recovery operations aside, it is astonishing to see that the logging still continues. Volunteers and organisations such as The Great Koala Park initiative work tirelessly to protect forests and ensure the future of these beautiful animals is secured.

And last but not least, Queensland’s Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is life streaming its 130 koalas 24/7. You can watch them eat, climb, interact and of course, sleep. We reckon it’s the best coronavirus anxiety buster/boredom antidote. You can view them here.