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Everyone loves koalas of course; those cute, furry, iconic animals which are associated with the Australian bush and are highlighted to attract international tourists. But not everyone knows that koalas need our help.
The Koala Clancy Foundation does just that; it helps in the conservation of koalas and supports them in their habitat, in particular in the You Yangs and Brisbane Ranges west of Melbourne. The Foundation began in July 2015 in response to a 46% decline in koalas in the You Yangs over the seven years from 2007 to 2014.
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The 3rd of May 2017 is Wild Koala Day and to celebrate this important day the Koala Clancy Foundation is running some Mini Koala Tours in the You Yangs Regional Park on the 3rd and 6th of May, 2017. This is your chance to join an experienced guide/researcher in the You Yangs to meet some local wild koalas. You can learn about their lives and more importantly, what you can do to help them to make sure they are around for many generations.
You can also participate in the "Make A Home For Clancy Project" a conservation project that has been helping to create habitat for Koalas since 2010. Meet others and make friends who love being outdoors and are passionate about the environment and wildlife!
What to bring: Gardening gloves, water, sturdy footwear, a friend :) Where to meet: Information centre at the You Yangs (if the carpark is full, the best option is to park at the front entrance and walk to the info centre from there). Please plan to arrive early, if you arrive late you may not be able to find the group. Cost: Gold coin donation per person. All organising and staff costs for these events is covered by the Koala Clancy Foundation.
The Foundation hopes that everyone who joins in these projects will take something special away from this experience. Additional donations are always welcome and with your help, the future for koalas will look much brighter. Spaces are limited, so make sure you register early here. Koala Clancy also has a Facebook page with lots of information and pictures of koalas.
Koala mum and baby - you never know you may see them in the wild