News & events

We would like to introduce you to one of our ardent supporters Veronique Kuijer from the Netherlands. Veronique has been actively involved with the Australian Koala Foundation since 2001 and makes it a point to visit the office every year. “I have always had koala-fever, as I call it. When I was a little girl I even wanted to be a koala vet”, she says. Her uncle in Australia supported her love...
Every week we receive letters and emails from wonderful koala people from across the world who have taken it upon themselves to help save the koala. There is no set mould for these special people but each has their own unique reason for wanting to protect this struggling Australian icon. The support from young children is especially heart warming and recently we have experienced an influx of...
A lot’s been happening at the AKF office lately. We have said good-bye to Jane Mathers, who served the Foundation for over 17 years and welcomed new people. Yes! The AKF has had a make-over. It has a new face and a new team, even so the spirit remains the same. Before we say hello to all the new staff, we would like to re-introduce you to Jane. She was the tech brain at the AKF and also managed...
NASA has announced its newest recruit this morning. Rodney the koala will join the ISS team on 1 st April 2012. Rodney is following three former Australian astronauts Philip K. Chapman , Paul Scully-Power and Andy Thomas and will be the first Queensland member in space. “NASA is always looking for innovative ways to improve living in space and of course we are looking to secure our future by...
The Australian Koala Foundation has accused the state government of "appalling science" to bolster koala numbers in its latest koala population survey so it would not lose koala planning control to the federal government. Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/state-election-2012/conservation-group-claims-koala-numbers-fudged-20120314-1v3am.html#ixzz1pFxlBYBR
Liberal National Party leader Campbell Newman has announced plans to put aside $22.5 million to acquire koala habitats for preservation, $3.2 million for researching and $800,000 to help organisations to carry out rescue and rehabilitation services. The Australian Koala Foundation CEO Deborah Tabart OAM criticized the policy saying throwing money at the problem was not the solution. Ms Tabart...
Smiling Bear has been created by Guy Paterson, who has a long history in the art and design industry. His inspiration for Smiling Bear comes from the laid back, feel-good Australian lifestyle. The brand embraces a fun, positive outlook on life and has the infectious message of SMILE MORE at its core. The designs are full of personality combining cute, catchy slogans with striking graphic imagery...
Our CEO, Deborah Tabart OAM, predicted the outcome and yesterday it became a reality. Minister Burke has delayed the decision regarding the listing of the koala for another 10 weeks. Despite this we’ve had an overwhelming reaction from the media, the phones are still smoking hot and ready for the weekend. We have received both national and international coverage about this issue and have...
Beautiful Victoria’s Secret super model Miranda Kerr loves koalas! Why? Because she’s the girl from Gunnedah, koala capital of the world, and grew up seeing them in her back yard. Sadly koalas are not as plentiful in Gunnedah these days but they are still dear to Miranda’s heart. She is one of AKF’s greatest supporters and, along with Orlando, has ‘Adopted’ two new family members - Charlie and...
Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown has successfully moved for a new Senate inquiry to assess the threats to and management of koalas across the country. The Inquiry into the status, health and sustainability of Australia's koala population, has particular reference to: the iconic status of the koala and the history of its management; estimates of koala populations and the adequacy of current...