One of my routines, here at AKF is to read each and every Koala carers newsletter from around the country. I have done that since day dot – 1st February, 1988. Over those many years I have seen the names and faces of carers change and I am inspired by their work. The good bits are that koalas have been “fixed” and sent back out into the wild. Some of the stories are amazing and without this valuable work, I am sure the koalas populations of Australia would be in a worse state than now. By and large Government leaves this to the private purse, but that is another story. The sad bits are that tens of thousands of animals have died. During the Senate Inquiry, now what I call “the troubles”, the listing process, I am still gobsmacked that people do not realise how many koalas have been lost, even in my time as the Koala Woman. Thousands. Thousands. Not to mention before the AKF existed and of course the fur trade in the 1920’s.