It is with a heavy heart and deep sorrow that I am letting you know of Cohen’s death.  She was found dead at the base of a tree on the morning  of the 18th May.  Dr Jon Hanger did a post mortem and her death  was due to acute toxaemia secondary to her immunodeficiency issues.  She had a strong survival instinct struggling with her health problems and wanting to survive and this showed as her body condition was the same as when she was released.  Apparently her death was sudden.  Over the previous weeks her activity levels were high, she was bright, alert and had been moving around well.  
 
She had been doing well in her pre release enclosure which was why she was released into the wild on the 17th April even though she had some underlying health issues  Dr Hanger said there were no oral lesions in her mouth and could not detect Candida.  Cohen was not suffering and it was likely illness occurred in the last few days.   
 
I have been going over everything I have done and questioned whether I did the right thing in letting her go.   Even if I could have found a way to keep her with me the outcome may have been the same.  Cohen was a gentle, beautiful  wild koala and needed to be free to be what nature intended her to be.  That doesn’t stop me from wishing things could have been different.  Cohen was a very special koala and I did so want her to have a long and happy life. 
 
Thanks Vanda

Vanda, was Guest Speaker at BIEPA’s November 2014 meeting.
See BIEPA News November 2014 attached for your information.
Since then, we’ve included some updates on how Vanda’s little koalas have been doing.
We also included information on how our members can support our koala carers in the incredible work they do on a daily basis.
If you are so inclined to make a donation to this work, please go to : http://koalaactioninc.org.  and follow the links to DONATIONS.
 

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Finally, a Safe Home for Koalas in QLD!

The vital laws to help stop excessive tree-clearing in Queensland have just been passed! 

Over a year ago, we exposed the tree-clearing crisis in QLD and the devastating effect it was having on our Aussie wildlife.

With over 80% of koalas already lost from Queensland’s Koala Coast, there wasn’t a moment to lose.

By sending your KIMBY and with your generous support, you helped us put the spotlight on our iconic yet vulnerable koalas, and that message was heard loud and clear.

Thanks to you, over half a million emails have now been sent to key Queensland politicians, letting them know that you want to see ‘Koalas In My Backyard.’

Here’s what you helped achieve:

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Thank you for being a voice for QLD’s koalas. We did it!

But the work isn’t over, we’ll be ensuring the QLD laws are adopted.

Meanwhile, in NSW tree-clearing laws are still threatening the lives of koalas. With your support, we won’t stop until all koalas have a safe place to call home. We’ll be in touch again soon to let you know how you can help in the next critical part of the plan!

Darren Grover 
Head of Living Ecosystems 
WWF-Australia

 

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You can help protect them by supporting WWF-Australia to buy and remove the last full-time commercial gill net on the northern Great Barrier Reef!
This is big news. I can’t tell you how excited I am about the prospect of removing the last remaining full-time commercial gill net from Princess Charlotte Bay in the northern Great Barrier Reef. Opportunities like this, that will immediately save the lives of thousands of vulnerable sea creatures, just don’t come around very often.We’re currently deep in negotiations to buy this net. But first we need to raise the funds, so we can actually pay up once the final price has been agreed upon.

It’s a bold move. And we’re relying on your help to see it through.

Please, can you donate today to help buy this deadly net, and save the many dugongs, turtles and sharks that get entangled each year?

The northern Reef is home to one of the world’s biggest populations of dugongs, as well as other vulnerable marine life. But nets such as these pose a massive threat to their survival.

Gill nets hang like curtains in the sea and are designed to trap fish, however, there’s no safeguarding other sea creatures from becoming entangled. And once trapped, air-breathing animals can drown within minutes.

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The northern Reef should be a haven for the 6,500 dugongs that call it home, but the threat of net entanglement and drowning is growing as the area becomes more accessible to commercial gill net fishing.

We can’t just stand by and let this continue. That’s why, as well as helping to buy the net, your donation will also support our work towards a ‘Net-Free North’ – the creation of a net-free zone stretching from Cape Flattery to the Torres Strait. It will mean protection from commercial gillnetting for the long-term, and will create a dugong refuge larger than Tasmania!

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Here’s a rough map to show you how large this area is. Imagine how much of an impact your donation could have for the incredible marine life in these waters.

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Once the price is agreed, which we hope is very soon, we’ll only have a very short time to pay up. That’s why your support is so urgently needed today.

Please give what you can to remove this net, and help create one of the world’s biggest dugong havens on our northern Great Barrier Reef.

We know when we all pull together we can have a tremendous impact. Back in 2016, supporters like you helped us buy two fishing licences, saving up to 20,000 sharks a year. It was such an incredible result. If WWF supporters can all chip in again, we can do even more to protect an amazing eco-system and the wonderful wildlife that call it home.

Let’s buy this net and create a Net-Free North.

Thank you in advance.
Dermot O’Gorman
CEO, WWF-Australia
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The Joint Report was released on “National Threatened Species Day” – 7th September.

RSPCA Queensland records show that rescues of forest-dependent wildlife more than tripled from 2,331 in 2011 to 7,950 in 2016, with much of this increase put down to habitat destruction.

QLD This coincides with the news that more than 1 million hectares has been cleared in the past 4 years in Queensland.

Bulldozing of forests in Queensland has killed tens of millions of the wild Australian animals living there.

Why are we allowing this to happen? Who is responsible for allowing this to happen?
Scientists estimate tree-clearing in Queensland now kills 34 million animals each year: 900,000 mammals like koalas, possums, flying foxes and gliders, 2.6 million birds like cockatoos and 30.6 million reptiles including goannas, dragons, skinks and native geckos.

Koalas are front and centre of this animal welfare crisis and we all must do something to halt the carnage that has our native vegetation and wildlife on a fast track to extinction.

We are fast losing what makes Queensland, “Queensland”.

Please read more here: http://www.wwf.org.au/news/news/2017/tree-clearing-causing-queenslands-greatest-animal-welfare-crisis#gs.AvlXalw.

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Koalas

Did you know more than 80% of koalas have disappeared from Queensland’s Koala Coast due to excessive tree clearing? BIEPA was shocked too. That’s why BIEPA emailed a KIMBY (Koala In My Back Yard) to the Queensland Government to protect the habitat of koalas and other Australian wildlife.

Will you send one too?
Visit www.wwf.org.au/savekoalas to send yours now!”