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Koalas do drink - wet koala in the rain

Do Koalas drink?

Koalas don’t drink, says the legend. But they do!

True, koalas drink in a slightly different way to most animals.

Koalas are arboreal – which means they live in trees. They do almost everything high in a tree. They mate, give birth, eat, urinate, defecate …. AND  drink in a tree.

When it rains, koalas do drink by licking the raindrops as they run down the trunks of gum-trees. Watch:

This sort of koala drinking works best on smooth-barked eucalyptus trees, for example River Red Gums, Yellow Gums and Blue Gums (Eucalyptus camaldulensis, E. leucoxylon & E. globulus/pseudoglobulus). It is possible that koalas move to these types of trees to drink when they expect rain.

Koala drinking also works best on vertical large branches and trunks, so that the rain pools and runs down into their mouths.

wild koala drinking by licking rain

We have watched koalas rush to get into a good position for drinking.

They also get more moisture from gum-leaves if they eat while its raining. We have seen that koalas are more likely to start feeding if its raining.

Their method of drinking relies on rain. Rain needs to be fairly consistent. Unfortunately in many parts of Australia rainfall is less consistent – some areas, like the You Yangs where these videos are taken, are experiencing record low rainfall, other regions are having floods.  Reliable rainfall is yet another casualty of climate change in Australia.

koala licking rain off tree

Koalas are thirsty. And not just in summer.

Research conducted by the University of Sydney has found that koalas will drink from water troughs mounted in trees, all year round.

Support Wild Koala Day on May 3. Share a koala post on social media. Tag #wildkoaladay. Call a politician. Show our governments that its time for them to act on climate change.

Koala wet from rain | Koalas do drink



Which male will be king koala

Vote for the next King Koala on Wild Koala Day

In the wild, when one door closes, another opens.

In The Bush when an animal dies, it’s not all tragedy. When a dominant male koala dies, a young male gets a chance to be the top koala.

So when my dad Anzac died late in 2017 after a long and successful life, he left an open door.

In fact, he left two open doors: when Anzac first came to power he took over the home ranges of two previous dominant males.

Now three males are bluffing, posturing and even fighting for his title. Here they are, and if you go to my facebook page you can vote for your favourite.

Koala Clancy wild koala day event
Click here to vote


wild koala day vote for next king koala

Zack is the perfect age to take over from Anzac. He is about 8 years old – same age as me – and that’s when a male has the perfect blend of strength and experience.

What’s more, Zack has been living beside Anzac since 2013. He knows Anzac’s style. He could take over smoothly, without upsetting the ladies.

Zack is also very wily. For five years he has lived on the edge, close to Anzac, but just out of reach. Anzac could have hurt him badly, but Zack never let him.

Does Zack deserve the title of Koala King the most? Vote for him here.

Watch his video:


Next king koala You Yangs Lluvia

Lluvia is the young fellow who wants to take over my father’s old home range.

He’s only 3 years old, and most dominant males are much older when they first take the crown. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be done. My dad Anzac was only 4 when he became the king. Anzac is probably Lluvia’s dad too.

He is relaxed, brave and confident – all good characteristics. He is also persistent, which might prove to be the most important asset of all.

If you think Lluvia can do it, vote for him by liking this video.


wild koala day king koala

Cruiz is almost as old as Anzac, so this is his last chance at being dominant male of the best territory in the You Yangs.

He wants it, bad. Since 2008 Cruiz has been living on Anzac’s fringe, in a home range quite inferior to Anzac’s. He has watched his women go to Anzac in breeding season, time and time again. It has almost driven him crazy.

Cruiz is big, experienced and the survivor of many fights. He has nothing to lose.

If you think Cruiz should have a taste of success before his retirement, vote for him here.

Watch and like his video:

Wild Koala Day is coming up on May 3. Its important for you humans to protect us in the wild. The wild is where the most interesting koala behaviour happens.

Read more about why Humans need Koalas here. 

Cuddles for Clancy

The power couple of the koala world have officially announced their union just in time for Christmas. Koala Clancy, the biggest koala celebrity in history, has welcomed hot new star Cuddles into his home.

The A-list couple chose an auspicious day for the announcement – Koala Christmas Conservation Day on 17 December – with a huge crowd in attendance.

The Koala Christmas Conservation Day group

Koala Researchers Janine and Beck were overwhelmed with the news.

“I just can’t believe it,” said Janine, laughing and close to tears.

“This is the best news ever,” gushed Beck.

Their combined history reads like a Hollywood script. Blonde beauty Cuddles was named to honour “Cuddles of Noosa”, a male koala made famous by Queensland Koala Crusaders and the facebook page Noosa Koala Sightings. Cuddles lived in Tea Tree Bay at Noosa Heads for many years, was photographed by thousands, and featured in countless news stories. His life is the subject of the best-selling book “Cuddles Koala of Tea Tree Bay”.


Sadly, in 2016 Cuddles of Noosa died after a long, wild life. Many who had known him, including the team at Koala Clancy Foundation in Victoria, were distressed by the passing of such a great personality. To ensure his legacy they named wild koala Misty’s new joey Cuddles, not knowing if the joey was male or female.

Playful 10 month old Cuddles with mum Misty

Baby Cuddles was a girl, and grew into a playful, charismatic beauty. As a baby she was already featuring in videos to wide acclaim, and to celebrate Wild Koala Day 2017 huge photos of her were placed permanently on the wall of the Kids Zone at Avalon Airport.

Her mother Misty was criticised for allowing Cuddles to appear in a series of raunchy G-string photos when she was only one year old, but the pair have been unrepentant.

“Cuddles was just doing what comes naturally to a koala,” Misty said.

One of the controversial G-string photos

Now a two year old, Cuddles’ biological clock is ticking. She has her pick of any koala male in the You Yangs as the father, but she wants the best – so she has chosen famous Koala Clancy.

Blonde beauty Cuddles at home at Clancy’s

Koala Clancy made his name on social media as the rakish, cheeky young male who speaks for all wild koalas. His fame has grown to 38,000 fans on Facebook. He is the muse of the nationally-celebrated Wild Koala Day on May 3 every year, and the star of the book Koala Clancy of the You Yangs. He has his own not for profit: the Koala Clancy Foundation, which plants trees and removes weeds in the You Yangs region west of Melbourne.

Koala Clancy says “I’m ready to commit!”

Join us in wishing the happy pair a long and beautiful relationship, and the pitter patter of tiny koala feet in seven months!

Learn more about Koala Clancy, famous koala celebrity here.

Help wild koalas in Queensland here.


Free promotion for koala charity events!

Your own website/s

This is the single most important place for your event. Your website is you, as far as the world is concerned. This is ours

Koala Clancy Foundation web page snapshot

Do not underestimate this. You will benefit from an event on your website long after the event has finished.

If you can’t edit your own website, get a new web designer who will teach you or use one of the free ones.  A website doesn’t have to look gorgeous to do a good job – a website that is regularly updated is more likely to be found on search engines.

Finally, all the other sites mentioned below will eventually expire your event – and anyone clicking on it won’t be able to find you. Your website is the only thing that will last, for as long as you do.

Other online sites

Eventbrite: fantastic site for setting up the event – it takes all the hard work out of ticketing an event. Easy to use, essentially free. Comes up high on search engines. Free options include confirmation and reminder emails. Best thing about this site is that other sites (heyevent, Evensi, Eventbu, repost any event that appears on here without you having to do anything.

Weekend Notes: one of the best ways to get bookings. Free listing for free or charity events under $50. Submit your event in their suggestion box, and a writer will usually write it up – takes about a week so get in early. Huge following.

Koala Conservation Day on weekendnotes

Gumtree: post a listing/ad for free. Comes up high on search engines. Haven’t had bookings from it, but have had good numbers of views.

CharityDOs: free listing for charity and not for profit events.

Eco Shout: are a nice group. They will post your events for free, but if you are doing a lot of them it would be nice to become a supporter for $40.

The Land Down Under: are also a supportive group. They have a directory Wild Wonders that lists all sorts of good organisations. Get in touch with Ros, she’s super helpful and will share your event or organisation.

National Parks sites: if your event is happening in a National Parks property you may be able to list it on their site. Parks Victoria have one. Check out requirements first – events over 100 people need a permit. Comes up high on search engines, and links from government websites give your website huge credibility.

Local government What’s On sites: Melbourne and Geelong have free listings for events in their area. Even if you don’t get a lot from it, having government links to your website helps your search ranking.


Newspapers, radio, TV and magazines are really worthwhile sources of free publicity. The reach they have can be much larger than all the other sites here put together. Also, if they mention your website, it improves your search ranking enormously.

Don’t be frightened of them – they want real stories from local people. Start off with your local newspaper and community radio. Find the journalist/presenter that sounds like they might be interested and send them an email with a bit about your event. Read the article about us published worldwide and in Australia in The Australian, Brisbane Courier Mail, Perth Now and 

Social Media:

Social media is easy and fun (for most people). It can be very useful, but its not everything.


Its free to make an event on facebook and I highly recommend doing it. Link it to your website. Also please create a hashtag for it #koalaconservationday so that people can find it easily.


Facebook ads cost money, but they can be worth it. Weekends seem to work best for us. You can post and ad for two days over a weekend with a lifetime budget of $30 and get great results.

Posting/sharing your event onto facebook groups is free. Search for groups in your state with similar interests. Join them, and then post. Its easy. Even the groups you’re most nervous about promoting you will probably be very positive.

To find groups, type your location in to search bar, eg “Melbourne” click search. Click Groups tab. A list of the groups you’re in will come first, followed by other groups ranked by size of membership or recent postings. Try other search terms too.


Not everyone loves twitter, but the media do, and they are worth it. Write short posts about all aspects of your event, include a link to your website (not the facebook event) and a picture.


You can DM (direct message) people on twitter about your event.

You can also include the @…. of someone or an organisation that is involved or would be interested in your event. Don’t overdo it. 4 tweets a day is enough.


Is very popular, but you can’t include live links which is annoying. Some people love it though, so its worth popping on a few great pics with an explanation about your event.

Instagram uses hashtags that people search on, eg #Koala #wildlifephotography #cuteanimals. Its worth putting a few of these on – just typing #koala and you’ll see a range of # people use.
Other platforms:

There are many – Reddit, Google Plus, Pinterest – play around with them.

If you find any other great sources of free publicity please let me know and I’ll share them here too.

Find my contact details here

What to do on Wild Koala Day 2017

Wild Koala Day is a day to celebrate wild koalas and protect their habitats.

On this day we call all Australians to do 3Ps to protect our beloved fluffy icon: 
1. Plant a tree. If you can, plant a koala habitat tree in a region where koalas naturally live. Register today or donate to these organisations which run tree planting days in koala habitat:

All around the world we are losing forest at a rate of 3.3million hectares per year. Yet trees help our atmosphere, store carbon and reduce the impacts of climate change, and provide food for birds, insects and mammals that contribute to the web of life. Koalas, most of all, need a healthy global environment.

OVERSEAS?  You can still plant a tree at home and indirectly, in the long term, it will help a koala.


2. Protect a forest. Existing forests are precious and under threat world-wide. New trees take decades to grow, so protecting what we have is critical to koala’s survival as a species.

This video sums it up:

Only buy recycled paper, or paper from non-timber sources.  Logging of native forest has already been linked to local extinctions of koalas in the Eden region of NSW. [1] Please sign this petition to end forest logging: Logging Sucks

Use a keep-cup/reusable cup for your takeaway coffee.  Most disposable coffee cups are made from virgin timber.  Hardly any disposable coffee cups are really recyclable – in fact Planet Ark recommends putting all of them in the bin. [2]

When buying a house, check that the developer did not cut down native forest to build your house.  Housing developments, and roads that link them, on Australia’s east coast are making koalas homeless.  Petitions against developers cutting down koala habitat are not hard to find. Sign these petitions to protect koala forest now:

3. Phone a politician on Wild Koala Day and ask them to protect koalas.

Politicians make laws on behalf of us. They can only reflect our values if we tell them what is important to us. In Australia, they just don’t realise that koalas are a vote-winner. Tell them why koalas are important to you. 

Phone your politician now: read our blog about who and how to call, what to say.

Here’s an example: in Queensland the Vegetation Management Act (1999) was weakened by the Newman government in 2013 to allow landowners to clear regrowth forest in waterways (prime koala habitat) and to ‘self-assess’ whether they needed permission to clear forest.  This amendment led to a tripling of the rate of forest clearance in Queensland. [3][4] In early 2016, the Palaszczuk Labor government proposed an amendment to the law to slow biodiversity loss, but they failed by just 2 votes.  Could a few more phone calls have saved thousands of hectares of koala forest?  Note: if you contact a current Qld Labor politician, thank them for trying to pass the amendment – a pat on the back when deserved is much appreciated – and encourage them to try again. 

Click here for contact details for Australian politicians and environment ministers and a suggested phone and letter/email template.

Add Wild Koala Day to your calendar now!   

[1] Lunney 2014 “Extinction in Eden”



Contacting politicians about protecting koalas (or other good things).

Politicians can only do their job properly if they know what their constituents (voters) want. Yet, surprisingly, few people contact their political representatives.

Your personal story is what interests them the most. Tell them why koalas matter to you. Make it personal, honest, brief and simple. They want to appear to be in touch with the real people on the street.

Some say a phone call is the best way to contact a politician. Apparently it is not uncommon for a politician to support a bill after just 7 to 10 phone calls from the public supporting it. If you get nervous, write a little script first to ensure you say what you want to say. Don’t worry – you will be answered by a polite and courteous member of the politician’s staff. They won’t ask lots of questions or grill you for facts. They will take a record of your call and the issue – in fact ask them to do this.

See below for a sample phone call script. Also see below for links to Federal, State & Local Members, Senators and Ministers.

Emails and written letters are also worthwhile, and both are logged on the public record. Keep them to one page maximum. See below for a sample letter suggestion.

Thankyou for standing up for koalas!

Sample phone call:

Hello, thankyou for taking my call. Happy Wild Koala Day!

My name is and I live in [the minister’s/member’s/senator’s] electorate. I’m calling to draw [the minister’s/member’s/senator’s] attention to the issue of wild koala protection.

I am a …. and this is what’s happened to me……. I am worried about…..

I have 3 points to raise:

  1. Koalas are worth $2-3b to the Australian economy every year. Investment in koalas will pay off in jobs. (or something similar)
  2. I strongly urge [the minister/member/senator] to [support the (VIC) Great Forest National Park/(NSW) Great Koala National Park/(Qld) funding to Koala Ecology Group at University of Qld]  (or) [strengthen the (NSW) Biodiversity Conservation Act & Local Land Services Amendment Act/(Qld) the Vegetation Management Act)
  3. I strongly urge [the minister/member/senator] to oppose the …….. (weakening of land clearing laws/funding cuts to National Parks agencies/funding cuts to scientific research/or similar)

I would be pleased to see [the minister’s/member’s/senator’s] support of this in future.

Thanks for your time.

Sample letter/email:

The Hon…..

From: (your name, your address, town, state)

Subject (in subject line of email, or here for a letter): [something like: Please support koalas and jobs/Please oppose Adani Carmichael/other/ or Koalas are important to me]

Dear [Minister/Senator/Mr/Mrs/Ms/Dr] their last name

I write to you as [who you are – one of your constituents/a concerned citizen/a koala rescuer/a tourism operator/a grandparent etc] [I have met you at …./voted for you/voted for your party in the past/I have never written before] and I want to bring my concerns to your attention and ask for your support.

[Last year/recently/etc] I had a confronting experience: I was called upon to …. [rescue an injured koala from the road/take an international friend for a walk to see koalas and couldn’t find any/give water to a thirsty koala/or similar] and it made me realise that time was running out for koalas.

Koalas are worth an estimated AUD $2-3billion per year through tourism, and an estimated 60,000 jobs. But they are declining in (your state – if state polly/across most of their range – if federal) and I and my [friends and family/co-workers] are worried about [our jobs/our future].

Please, I urge you to support any bill that increases funding to National Parks, scientific koala research, tree planting on private land and river health; and to oppose any bill that allows clearing of native forest, new mines in koala habitat, new roads or rail through koala habitat. (or insert any local issue here including those listed above in the phone sample)

In particular I ask for your support for the [Victoria: Great Forest National Park/ NSW: Great Koala National Park/insert any local issue here] and opposition to [Queensland: Adani Carmichael mine/insert any local issue here]

Thankyou for your time. I look forward to hearing back from you.

Yours sincerely,

[your name]


Federal: Search for your Federal Senators and local member with your postcode:

Federal Ministers:

  • Prime Minister: Scott Morrison PH: (02) 6277 7700 Electoral office: (02) 9523 0339 Twitter: @scottMorrisonMP
  • Minister for Agriculture & Water Resources: David Littleproud PH: (02) 6277 7630 Electoral office: (07) 4662 2715
  • Minister for Trade, Tourism & Investment: Simon Birmingham PH: (02) 6277 7420 Electoral office: (08) 8354 1644
  • Treasurer: Josh Frydenburg Ph: (02) 6277 7920 Electoral office:(03) 9882 3677
  • Minister for the Environment: Melissa Price PH: (02) 6277 7920 Electoral office: (08) 9964 2195 Email:

Shadow Ministers:

  • Leader of the Opposition: Bill Shorten Ph: (02) 6277 4022 Electoral office: (03) 9326 1300
  • Shadow Minister for Environment & Water: Tony Burke Ph: (02) 6277 4089 Electoral office: (02) 9750 9088
  • Shadow Minister for Tourism: Anthony Albanese Ph: (02) 6277 4664 Electoral office:(02) 9564 3588

New South Wales State: Find your electorate: Then search it here: (its a bit weird, but you’ll see a list of members come up on left – then find them on the Browse tab.)

NSW Ministers

  • Premier: Gladys Berejiklian Phone (02) 8574 5000 
  • Minister for Energy & the Environment: Matthew Keen 
  • Minister for Housing: Melinda Pavey  
  • Opposition Leader & Shadow Minister for the Environment: Penny Sharpe – Phone (02) 9230 2741 Email:

New South Wales Local: or:

Victoria State: Find your electorate: Then search it here:

VIC Ministers:

    • Premier: Daniel Andrews Ph: (03) 9651 5000 Electoral office: (03) 9548 5644
    • Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change: Lily D’Ambrosio Ph: (03) 9637 9504  Electoral office: (03) 9422 5171
    • Minister for Tourism: John Eren Ph:  (03) 8392 2151 Electoral office: (03) 5275 3898
    • Leader of the Opposition: Michael O’Brien Ph:  (03) 9576 1850  Email:


Victoria Local:  Find your council here: Then search it here: You will have to go to the council website for a list of all councillors.

Queensland State: Find your electorate: Then choose it from the dropdown “Find a Member” here:

QLD Ministers: 

  • Premier – Anastasia Palaczszuk, phone (07) 3719 7000
  • Minister for Environment & Heritage Protection/Minister for National Parks & the Great Barrier Reef  – Steven Miles  ph 07 3719 7330
  • Minister for Housing & Public Works/Minister for Sport – Mick de Brenni ph 07 3719 7270
  • Minister for State Development/Minister for Natural Resources & Mines – Anthony Lynham MP ph 07 3719 7360 

Queensland Local:

South Australia State: Find your electorate: Then look for it here:

Tasmania State: Find everything here:

Tasmania Local: Find it all here:

Western Australia: Find your electorate: Then search it here:

Northern Territory: Find your electorate:  Then search it here:

SENATORS: find your Federal Senators by state below. All the Senators representing your state are representing you.

Last Name First Name Preferred Name State Phone Toll Free
Gallagher Katy Katy ACT 02) 6230 0411
Seselja Zdenko Zed ACT (02) 6247 6444
Rhiannon Lee Lee NSW (02) 9211 9523 1300 887 869
Cameron Douglas Doug NSW (02) 4751 4288 1300 226 005
Dastyari Sam Sam NSW (02) 9891 9139 1300 880 904
McAllister Jennifer Jenny NSW (02) 9719 8100 1300 301 752
O’Neill Deborah Deborah NSW (02) 4367 4565
Leyonhjelm David David NSW (02) 9719 1078 1300 884 092
Fierravanti-Wells Concetta Concetta NSW (02) 4226 1700 1300 735 268
Payne Marise Marise NSW (02) 9687 8755
Sinodinos Arthur Arthur NSW (02) 8289 9450
Nash Fiona Fiona NSW (02) 6382 3400
Williams John John NSW (02) 6721 4500 1300 301 816
Burston Brian Brian NSW (02) 4947 0888 1300 498 639
McCarthy Malarndirri NT (08) 8941 0003
Scullion Nigel Nigel NT (08) 8948 3555
Waters Larissa Larissa QLD (07) 3367 0566
Chisholm Anthony Anthony QLD (07) 3229 4477
Ketter Christopher Chris QLD (07) 3881 3710 1300 884 489
Moore Claire Claire QLD (07) 3252 7101 1300 301 879
Watt Murray Murray QLD (07) 3422 1990
Brandis George George QLD (07) 3862 4044
Macdonald Ian Ian QLD (07) 4771 3066 1300 301 949
McGrath James James QLD (07) 5441 1800 1300 769 412
Canavan Matthew Matthew QLD (07) 4927 2003 1300 301 887
O’Sullivan Barry Barry QLD (07) 4638 7555
Hanson Pauline Pauline QLD (07) 3221 7644
Roberts Malcolm Malcolm QLD (07) 3221 9099
Bernardi Cory Cory SA (08) 8362 8600 1300 880 569
Hanson-Young Sarah Sarah SA (08) 8227 0425
Farrell Donald Don SA (08) 8231 8400
Gallacher Alexander Alex SA (08) 8269 6022
Wong Penny Penny SA (08) 8212 8272 1300 301 698
Birmingham Simon Simon SA (08) 8354 1644 1300 301 638
Fawcett David David SA (08) 8205 1040
Ruston Anne Anne SA (08) 8586 6600 1300 857 022
Griff Stirling Stirling SA (08) 8212 1409
Kakoschke-Moore Skye Skye SA (08) 8232 0220
Xenophon Nicholas Nick SA (08) 8232 1144 1300 556 115
McKim Nicholas Nick TAS (03) 6224 8899 1300 131 720
Whish-Wilson Peter Peter TAS (03) 6331 0033 1300 449 012
Bilyk Catryna Catryna TAS (03) 6229 4444 1300 855 225
Brown Carol Carol TAS (03) 6231 0099 1300 301 532
Polley Helen Helen TAS (03) 6331 2599 1300 134 923
Singh Lisa Lisa TAS (03) 6223 1135
Urquhart Anne Anne TAS (03) 6423 1933 1300 792 331
Lambie Jacqui Jacqui TAS (03) 6431 2233
Abetz Eric Eric TAS (03) 6224 3707 1300 132 493
Bushby David David TAS (03) 6244 8533 1300 134 468
Duniam Jonathon Jonathon TAS (03) 6424 5960
Parry Stephen Stephen TAS (03) 6334 1755 1300 760 788
Di Natale Richard Richard VIC (03) 9654 0430 1300 883 502
Rice Janet Janet VIC (03) 9384 6199
Carr Kim Kim VIC (03) 9639 2798
Collins Jacinta Jacinta VIC (03) 9890 7022
Kitching Kimberley Kimberley VIC (03) 9391 4952
Marshall Gavin Gavin VIC (03) 9348 9699
Hinch Derryn Derryn VIC (03) 9820 2222 1300 498 035
Fifield Mitchell Mitch VIC (03) 9584 2455 1300 797 110
Hume Jane Jane VIC (03) 9232 8820
Paterson James VIC (03) 9650 0255
Ryan Scott Scott VIC (03) 9326 1088
McKenzie Bridget Bridget VIC (03) 5441 4251 1300 889 103
Ludlam Scott Scott WA (08) 9335 7477 1300 733 450
Siewert Rachel Rachel WA (08) 9228 3277 1300 881 218
Dodson Patrick Patrick WA (08) 9193 5955
Lines Susan Sue WA (08) 9481 4844 1300 655 388
Pratt Louise Louise WA (08) 9277 1502 1300 545 179
Sterle Glenn Glenn WA (08) 9455 1420 1300 666 494
Back Christopher Chris WA (08) 9414 7288 1300 301 846
Cash Michaelia Michaelia WA (08) 9226 2000
Cormann Mathias Mathias WA (08) 9325 4227 1300 301 728
Reynolds Linda Linda WA (08) 9368 6633
Smith Dean Dean WA 08 9481 0349 1300 301 849
Georgiou Peter Peter WA (08) 9226 175