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Hip hip hooray! It's almost Wild Koala Day! You'd be forgiven for not having heard of this event, since this year marks the first ever Wild Koala Day, held on Sunday the 7th of May. Koala enthusiasts will congregate from 8am until 2pm at Old Petrie Town to celebrate the community contribution to the preservation of the koalas of the Moreton Bay region and their habitat.
The free event will host environmental information stalls and displays, plus presentations and performances to keep you entertained. There's plenty to keep the kids busy too with special activities just for them, plus there are guided tours of Rollo Petrie Walk. You can even pick up something special from the market stalls and specialty shops while you're there.
Hosts, Pine Rivers Koala Care say, "On 30 April 2012 Koalas were listed nationally as vulnerable in Queensland, New South Wales and the ACT. Koalas can no longer rely on diminishing remnant bush land. These days much of the koalas' habitat is on private property which means we as residents of Pine Rivers District need to do more to ensure the survival of the koala for future generations. Without human intervention to save these precious and unique animals, we may be seeing the beginning of the end for koalas in our urban areas."
If you're lucky enough to live in Bray Park, Bunya, Cashmere, Dakabin, Eatons Hill, Joyner, Kallangur, Kurwongbah, Lawnton, Mango Hill, Petrie, Strathpine, Warner and Whiteside, you might just have a few of these beautiful marsupials hanging out in your backyard. Come along to this event to find out what you can do to make sure they live on for future generations.
The Pine Rivers Koala Care Association Inc. is a voluntary organisation that provides a 24/7 ambulance service for the rescue and rehabilitation of all koalas and wildlife that may have been attacked by cats or dogs or hit by cars. They attend to over 300 koala calls and 1000 wildlife calls annually. If you find a koala in need, you can contact them on 0401 350 799, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.