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Local Teamwork Saving Koalas

March 25, 2015 Responsible Tourism No Comments Email Email

471684_num1059348_600x600In the You Yangs Ranges west of Melbourne, brigades of locals are out on weekends working to save koalas. On Koala Conservation Days for Locals, organised by Melbourne-based social enterprise Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours, concerned citizens can join like-minded locals to pull out weeds to create koala habitat and learn about koalas in the wild.

Recent news stories have shown how passionately Australians feel about helping koalas. Social media pages about koalas abound. Echidna Walkabout has been overwhelmed by the response to their Koala Conservation Days for Locals with every day selling out.

The koalas of the You Yangs have long been a tourist drawcard. Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours has been sharing the diverse wildlife of the You Yangs with up to 7,000 international travellers every year since 2006.

“On tours we meet lots of locals who regularly use the park, and we see the pride in their eyes as they meet tourists from all over the world who love the koalas of the You Yangs.” Says Janine Duffy, Owner Operator. “We want to share what we’ve learned about local koalas, and at the same time increase the koala population by creating more habitat.”

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Koala Conservation Days for Locals run once a month, plus special days can be organised for school and community groups. Participation costs just $20, 100% of which goes to supporting koalas. Duffy encourages anyone who lives locally to attend – kids over 7 years old are welcome too – but book early as these days are popular!

Book here: Next date: April 11th, 2015

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