Help us save wild koalas in the You Yangs
Help create koala habitat & learn about koalas.
Learn how koala researchers identify koalas.
Enjoy a day helping Koalas in the wild. Search for koalas, take walks through natural bushland with naturalists and remove weeds from koala habitat all in the company of a highly experienced Koala Researcher. Meet like-minded people keen to learn about and help wildlife.
Part of the day is spent assisting our Koala Researcher to find wild koalas in their natural habitats. Your researcher will show you techniques to find wild animals in the Australian Bush. Once found, each koala is photographed, GPS located, their behaviour and tree species noted. Most of the koalas in the area are known to the researchers – some for many years – and all are part of our 16 year citizen-science Koala Research Project. Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours & Wildlife Research and Koala Clancy Foundation use natural nose markings to identify the koalas without touching them – this method was discovered by Janine Duffy, owner of Echidna Walkabout in 1998 and is now being used by koala groups all over Australia.
Koala habitat improvement takes up about 1.5hours of the day. Boneseed (Chrysanthemoides monilifera) is an Invasive Weed of National Significance. Wild koalas in the You Yangs avoid areas thickly infested with Boneseed, so by removing the weed we make areas suitable for koalas. Weeding is easy, chemical-free, and requires no special tools or equipment.
On some days (mostly June to August) we plant koala trees, other days we maintain and prepare for tree planting.
As important as the koalas themselves is their environment. We break the weeding with walks through the koala habitat, observing birds, wallabies and other mammals, reptiles, and discover plants that are important to koalas.
Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours & Wildlife Research are a mission-driven social enterprise. Koala Clancy Foundation (set up by Echidna Walkabout) is a not for profit incorporated association and charity.
The meeting place for the day is Little River reserve at 9:00am, we will then travel as a group to our research area in the You Yangs. Note - Please do NOT go straight to the You Yangs.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Transport may be available from Melbourne CBD for a limited number of people. Please contact us before you book if you reqiure transport from Melbourne.
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Please email us if you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I update my registration information?
Please email us if your contact details change.
What is the refund policy?
Your ticket is non-refundable.
Are children welcome?
Yes, children of 7 years and over who are able to be quiet around the koalas are welcome to join but must be accompanied by one adult per child.
Can I bring my dog/cat/pet?
No, pets are not allowed.
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Koala Clancy Foundation
The Koala Clancy Foundation is a brand new Not For Profit incorporated association set up by Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours & Wildlife Research.
Our mission is: "inspiring travellers and local communities to help ensure a future for wild koalas"
Our aims are -
Protection of koalas in the wild through enhancement and protection of their natural habitat by:
organising travellers and locals to maintain and improve existing Koala habitat; and
educating travellers and the local community of the threats to wild koalas and their environment and the means to address these; and
mobilising the word of mouth and social media reach of the travel community worldwide to speak out in support of wild koalas and their environment; and
involving travellers and the local community in citizen science research into wild koala behaviour; and
creating partnerships with other organisations involved in koala protection, habitat creation and environment protection;
and any other means available.
Incorporated Association A0091278C ABN 70916478501