Brown Koala

Brown Koala

$22.00$95.00

Koalas are tree-dwelling marsupials and the only surviving members of the Phascolarctidae (Greek for ‘pouched bear’) family.
they are the closest living relatives are the wombats.

Koalas need a lot of space and a lot of trees – about 100 each.

Koala’s also vary in size and colour depending on their location.
Those in southern NSW and Victoria are often larger and slightly darker, with thicker fur than northern populations. This is probably an adaptation to keep them warmer in cooler climates. Light Grey Koala’s are generally found in Queensland.

There are more than 700 species of eucalypts and Koalas and only around 50 of these species are suitable for Koalas. About one dozen species of Eucalypt make up their staple diet.

Threats

Koalas are protected by law and most of their suitable habitat remaining occurs on private land, which is largely unprotected.

Woodlands, that make up their habitat, continue to be cleared for agricultural and urban development.

When their homes are cleared, individual koala’s are vulnerable to be killed by cars or dogs as urban areas that encroach on small amounts of habitat.

Climate change is expected to further shrink the suitable habitat available.

Koala’s are generally slow movers too, so they are very susceptible to bush fires and can be affected by dehydration during heat waves.

Chlamydia is also a significant threat and is more prevalent in stressed populations.

 

 

Size:

Tiny Toy 15cm

Small Puppet 26cm

Large Puppet 39cm

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Description

General information about our animals

All our Puppets and toys are hand made from materials made in an environmentally sustainable.
All runoff from dyes used is contained and disposed of in an ecologically safe way.   All materials are fire-resistant and have been tested under a flame.

All patterns are drawn by hand first and then shaped into the three-dimensional shape that is meticulously worked with by producing many samples until the spirit of the animal is revealed and comes to life when it is used. (by the puppeteer!)
We deliberately use old methods of cutting the material by a small hand machine then sewn by hand and on machines both in Nanjing and In Melbourne.
This is achieved by a small group of women.

( see our History to see the development of Secret Gully puppets and Endangered Animals Australia)

 

CARE INSTRUCTIONS      

 Whilst we are not perfect yet…

All our animals can be cared for with ease to break the cycle of buy and throw-away world of consumerism

We believe that children can and must learn to take care of their material world.

Learning to care for our animals will encourage them to take care of their surroundings at home and in the wider world.

All our animals can be:

  • Washed by hand or gentle machine wash…( in cold water only)
  • Successfully Brushed and combed to bring them back to life…
  • Repaired with a simple needle and cotton.

Additional information

Size

Large, Small Puppet, Tiny Toy

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