In an effort to create back up populations of koalas in Europe away from their native Australia where they're now deemed vulnerable, five koalas landed in England last month and now reside at Longleat Safari Park (https://www.irishtimes.com/news/offbeat/koalas-arrive-in-uk-in-bid-to-protect-species-from-extinction-1.3661215). The Australian Koala Foundation estimates that as few as 43,000 are left in the wild down under, which is a huge decrease from a population of around ten million at the turn of the 18th century before European settlement (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-44029551). So, we Europeans are now trying to make good and help stop them becoming endangered. Step by step.
Did you know that 'koala' means 'no drink' in Aborigine culture as koalas get most of their moisture from the leaves they eat - mainly eucalyptus - so rarely drink water? (https://www.wwf.org.au/news/blogs/10-interesting-facts-about-koalas#gs.icfg1j) How incredible is that.
To welcome our new furry friends my daughter and I created this picture where she coloured in the London bus, as well as the koalas giving them high energy in shades of colour. I added a bit of oil pastel. We hope the newly British Koalas enjoy the sunshine and rain of England, along with the unplanned scribbly wind that my two-year-old son did when I wasn't looking; but here's to a little artistic charm from my best little man too. He does after all love anything to do with buses.
If interested in finding out more, you might like to visit https://www.wwf.org.au/what-we-do/species/koala#gs.stGc3nU