Koala adopts the Glossy Black Cockatoo into the family

Unified in a common goal to protect threatened and endangered wildlife, Koala and WWF-Australia have been creating habitats together since 2017.

What started off with supporting the most iconic but nearly extinct Australian animal – the koala – with every sold mattress, turned into working on nest cooling solutions for Green Sea Turtles that are threatened by global warming.

‘We didn’t only want to invest in animal conservation work, but also wanted to educate people to understand the issue and their needed support.’, says Mitch Taylor, Founder of Koala.Global warming and climate change already have been challenging wildlife habitats, but the bushfires at the start of 2020 put hundreds of species at risk. One of the most affected areas was Kangaroo Island, the home of the Glossy Black Cockatoo.

Up to 75 per cent of the glossy black cockatoo population on Kangaroo Island lived within the 210,000 hectare area that was burnt during the summer bushfires. When Darren Grover, Head of Healthy Land and Seascapes at WWF-Australia, visited the Island, he faced a scene of catastrophic bushfires.

‘I was on the island off South Australia to see two bushfire recovery projects that WWF-Australia has been supporting since the January bushfires, and the scene that greeted me was absolutely devastating. Everything to the island’s western end was charred. The only sound was the breeze. It was what I imagined it would be like if someone dropped a nuclear bomb.’, so Darren.

Koala decided to do something about it. ‘As an Australian business, it’s heartbreaking to see the impact the bushfires had on communities, households and of course our wildlife.’ says Mitch Taylor, Founder of Koala. ‘We know how important biodiversity is for a healthy environment. So we decided to adopt the glossy black cockatoo into the Koala family.’

For every sofa bed we sell, Koala donates money towards the project with WWF-Australia to support the cockatoos recovery. That way we ensure that people also have an impact on the environment with the purchase decisions they make.

Luckily 23 chicks have been discovered on Kangaroo Island – there is hope. Now Koala is supporting the creation of homes for our friends. With creating new artificial nests, the cockatoo has the chance to nest and build a home. 

There are various ways to contribute to a healthy environment: From pollinator gardens, buying locally produced foods, to learning how to recycle smart. It’s little things that have a long term impact.

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