Beloved for their teddy bear appearance and national symbolism, koalas are a treasured icon and one of the most loved animals: but human behaviors threaten their very existence.
the number of koalas killed for their coats between 1888 and 1927
Once hunted for their fur, koala populations dramatically dropped to fewer than 300,000. Today, koalas face new threats. They’re hit by cars, attacked by dogs, and suffer from a disease that has spread through most of the population. Adding to the crisis, brushfires are forcing the vanishing koala from its forest home. Although these brutal fires take a toll on koalas, they also give scientists a chance to observe and document them up close. We still have a lot to learn about these cuddly-looking marsupials. San Diego Zoo Global is working in Australia to study koalas in the wild, because knowing more about their migratory paths, genetic diversity, and reproductive behaviors will help us save them.
koalas killed by cars every year, in just one area of Australia
Vanishing Forests, Vanishing Homes
Koalas rely on eucalyptus as their sole source of food and shelter. The leafy trees provide shade, and keep koalas fed and off the ground away from predators. But being dependent in this way is risky business because if eucalyptus disappears, koalas will too. Habitat encroachment and climate change threaten koalas and their forest homes.
Together, we can
turn things around.™
turn things around.™
percentage of the total koala population killed in the last 100 years
A Global Community
Our teams of conservationists and partners work down under to track and study these adorable animals in their native habitats. We also use what we’ve learned from the animals in our care to help wild populations. In fact, San Diego Zoo Global has the most successful breeding program and the largest colony of koalas outside of Australia. These efforts have helped us protect and save these national treasures and their habitat in the wild.
hours a day koalas sleep, usually up in trees
We can't imagine a world without koalas. And with your support to the San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy, we'll continue these lifesaving efforts to ensure that koalas can make a mighty comeback. We need your help today
What You Can Do, Right Now
Give $25 today and help support koala conservation efforts