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by Lynne Cargill (subscribe)
I'm a grandmother, a retired teacher, an avid reader who loves historical re-enactment, English Country Dance, writing and Op Shopping. My business is designed to help children experience history through school incursions.
Published May 2nd 2014
Not Too Soon to Worry
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We don't want to lose them do we?

Did you know that our iconic koalas are in danger? Here are some ways you can help to save them through the Australian Koala Foundation.

Adopt a Koala
For $30 - $40 you'll receive a certificate with a photo of your koala and some stickers. It looks very nice framed and placed in an office foyer. The chosen koalas come from places like Dreamworld and Alma Park so if you 'd like, you can even visit your koala.

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Adopt a Koala. Images from AKF

Plant a Tree
One slogan used by AKF was "No Tree No Me". Most Aussies know that koalas are very picky and will only eat a few select varieties of eucalypt so it's important to replenish the supply of these trees. $10 will buy one tree for yourself, in memory of someone or as gift. I think I'll suggest to my family that at my funeral people be asked to pin $10 on a branch for koala trees. You could also do it at a birthday party.

You can also help out with tree planting.

This very clever tool is being used to identify koala habitat by tree species, to enable regeneration projects and to record individual sightings of Koalas. You can help by reporting sightings.

koala, gum trees, gifts. Save the Koala

Gift Shop
The AKF has a delightful shop with a wide range of products. Some of the items are very inexpensive and would make great gits for overseas friends and relatives. Tattoos are only 50c each. Choose from stationary, clothing, toys and books, magnets, bags, tea towels, games and stickers.

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Signs for trees.

If you're going overseas, stock up on good quality gifts to delight the recipients.
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Cute tattoos and stickers from the Gift Shop.

Koala Army
You can join the Army and help with ensuring legislation continues to protect our little furry icons. There's a T-shirt and dog tags.

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You are needed.

koala, gum trees, Save the Koala
Join the Koala Army.

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There's even a uniform - sort of.
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