News & events

AKF Chief Executive Officer, Deborah Tabart OAM was interviewed for ABC Radio's World Today program this morning. The topic was the Koalas that have recently been moved from Cape Otway to a forest near Lorne. You can listen to the interview, titled 'Koala Management Plan criticised by conservationists', here. It was wonderful to have journalists take a different route on this issue, as 'these...
By Dr Douglas Kerlin - AKF Chief Ecologist The Australian Koala Foundation (AKF) is expecting to see a draft of the Koala Recovery Plan released just as Australia shuts down for Christmas. Created under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EBPC) Act following the listing of a threatened species, Recovery Plans “ set out the research and management actions necessary to stop...
Piece by Dr Douglas Kerlin - AKF Chief Ecologist I’m not holding out much hope for meaningful action from the Paris climate change talks. I was in Copenhagen in 2009. Don’t get me wrong. There were plenty of tremendous people there, saying and doing tremendous things, working to try and protect the future of the planet, but did anyone listen to them? Most of the decisions had already been made...
The Federal Government had no credible science to support a sudden increase in their Victorian Koala population estimate in 2011, while considering whether to protect the species nation-wide. To be eligible for a Vulnerable listing under the federal laws, specifically the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act, Koalas had to have undergone a 30 per cent decline in numbers...
Koala Stories by Deborah Tabart. Ill. Suzi Eszterhas. Published by Ghost Cat, October 2015. Reviewed by Elaine Harris When I arrived in Australia as a migrant bride, I was hungry for information about native wildlife. Having fallen in love with the call of the bellbirds a year earlier while on holiday, not to mention cuddling a baby wombat at a Phillip Island sanctuary, I wanted to know more. I...
This week it was announced by DELWP (that is the Victorian Government) that up to 600 Koalas would be translocated from Cape Otway to Lorne, after a trial was successfully run last month. Read more here from the Herald Sun. We expressed our concerns on Twitter, and soon enough the Minister tweeted Deborah that it was only 400. Either way it is a huge number of Koalas to move. AKF has many...
What do Aster, Baxter, Caxton and Mr Snooze have in common? They sound like they could be some of Santa’s spare reindeer, but they are actually adorable Koalas living in sanctuaries around Australia – waiting to be adopted for Christmas. The festive season is just around the corner, and if you’re looking for a meaningful unique gift (or a gift for yourself), adopting a gorgeous Koala with tus is...
Here at the AKF we are pleased to announce the release of Koala Stories, our CEO Deborah Tabart OAM’s first book titled Koala Stories today! Congratulations Deb! Everyone knows Koalas as the sleepy, eucalyptus-loving beings that they are, but no one has the scoop on their daily lives quite like Deborah, or as she’s fondly known around the world – ‘Koala Woman’. She has shared untold insights into...
This is in relation to a recent news item, where scientists have suggested culling sick Koalas to help populations. Read more here. The statistician George Box coined a phrase in 1978: “All models are wrong but some are useful.” His point was that the real world is too complex to recreate exactly in a model, but simple models that approximate the real world may provide helpful insights. The...
All photos by Ashley Fraser You might have seen these images of Ash the Koala circulating around online. Ash is a Koala who used to live at Pimpana, North of the Gold Coast in Queensland. That was until her home range was destroyed to make way for development. You can see the bewilderment on her face, and now she's homeless, along with all other Koalas in this area. Where is her family? AKF is...