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Sculptures celebrate & raise awareness for iconic koala
Can you imagine a world without koalas? It is confronting to think that one of our most iconic and adored native animals could be on the verge of disappearing forever.
Confronting though it may be, koala numbers are certainly in decline. Since 2012 koalas have been listed as vulnerable in Queensland, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory and a 2019 report by the Australian Koala Foundation classifies the species as "functionally extinct". While it is difficult to know the exact number of koalas in the wild, there are certainly many threats to their survival including deforestation and habitat loss, disease and the effects of climate change such as extreme heat and drought.
A sculpture trail celebrating and raising awareness of Australia's beloved koala
Raising awareness about the plight of the koala is the Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail. The trail aims to promote koala conservation as well as conservation of other threatened animal and plant species. The idea was developed by Arts and Health Australia Pty Ltd (AHA), and was established in 2014 with a permanent home in Port Macquarie.
According to AHA a key objective of the trail is "to raise awareness of the importance of protecting our koalas from the loss of habitat and food due to property development and urbanisation, road strikes, dog attacks in backyards, climate change and drought, and diseases such as Chlamydia."
In addition to raising awareness, the project is also a celebration of the iconic koala, which is loved by Australians and tourists alike.
Say hello to the koalas in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
This October the fun and colourful koala sculptures are heading to Sydney for the first time and will be visiting the Royal Botanic Garden. The trail will include 20 different koala sculptures, each measuring one metre tall, which have been hand-painted by Australian artists. A number of new, bespoke sculptures have been created for this special visit.
The Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail is a fun way to raise awareness about this important issue. You can visit the koalas in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney from 4th October until 30th November 2019. A trail of 20 unique koalas will be situated throughout the gardens - can you find them all?
There will be 20 koalas in the garden - can you find them all?