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Published March 24th 2015
Help build habitats for koalas
Nature lovers seeking a way to give back while enjoying the great outdoors are sure to love this. In the You Yangs Ranges west of Melbourne, locals by the dozens are heading out on the weekends to save koalas.
Meet Buck, a wild koala who is part of this beneficial project. Image credit: Echidna Walkabout
On Koala Conservation Days for Locals, organised by Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours, regular everyday folks can head out to help pull out weeds to assist in creating koala habitats and leave the event learning quite a bit about koalas in the wild.
The koalas of the You Yangs have long been a tourist drawcard and Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours has been sharing the wildlife of the region with both international and domestic travellers as well as locals since 2006.
Echidna Walkabout Koala Conservation Days for Locals run once a month and sell out quickly. Special days can also be organised for school or community groups as well. participation n the program is just $20 and the entire amount goes to supporting the koalas.
Removing boneweed to encourage koala habitats.
All tours and programs contribute to koala protection, through research and habitat creation. Their "Make a Home for Koala Clancy" conservation program removes over 30,000 invasive weeds every year, and the research has shown a 370% increase in koala sightings since the beginning of the program.
Lunch and an educational chat on conservation.
Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours offers conservation programs and wildlife tours for travellers, locals and educational groups. While anyone from the age of 7 can participate, everyone is encouraged to book early.
Tickets are available via Eventbrite using the link below or visit the Echidna Walkabout site for more information on private tours: www.echidnawalkabout.com.au