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Christmas in October – Warialda’s Gift to Koala Conservation

Australian Koala Foundation 2 mins read
Christmas has come early to the cozy town of Warialda, NSW.

The Christmas spirit has come early to the cozy town of Warialda, in rural NSW, and it’s not just about festive decorations and holiday cheer; it’s about making a lasting impact on the world around us, particularly when it comes to Koala conservation.

At the forefront of this thriving community’s conservation efforts stands the “Save the Koala Shop”, an initiative driven by the Australian Koala Foundation (AKF). Since its recent inception, this charming shop has become a testament to what a small town can achieve.

Local resident and Save the Koala Shop retailer, Christoper Kwan expressed his pride in the town’s efforts.

“We’re a tight-knit community here in Warialda, and we take our responsibility to protect our local wildlife seriously.

“The ‘Save the Koala Shop’ is more than just a store; it’s becoming a hub for locals and visitors alike, especially as Christmas approaches. People are excited that the AKF is here, and we’ve become a staple stop for those wanting gifts to have meaning.” Kwan says. 

In the spirit of giving early before Christmas, the AKF is generously donating a gift voucher for local patrons to use at the Save the Koala Shop. This gift voucher will be included in a local Christmas raffle as part of the community’s Masquerade Ball, allowing attendees to take home a piece of Warialda’s conservation spirit.  

Chair of the Australian Koala Foundation, Deborah Tabart OAM, mentions how important it is to dig deep this coming Christmas.

“Supporters will know we have a deep connection to the land and community at Warialda. It’s home to the first site of our Koala Kiss Project. The initiative seeks to connect key habitats to create a safe refuge for all creatures great and small.

“This upcoming holiday season, I’d urge everyone to deeply reflect on the ways in which they can truly impact their local wildlife and community. The best gift we can give is a safe and flourishing future for all creatures great and small.”  

As Christmas approaches, The Australian Koala Foundation, is encouraging all supporters to follow Warialda’s example and take meaningful strides towards Koala conservation.

For gifts that contribute to the AKF’s conservation efforts, visit the Save the Koala Shop in Waraialda or shop online. Explore the limited edition, Mombassa Products for presents that make a statement and a difference. Supporters can also plant a tree, adopt a koala, donate to the AKF, or find out more information about the AKF on


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About the Australian Koala Foundation

The Australian Koala Foundation (AKF) is the principal non-profit, non-government organisation dedicated to the conservation and effective management of the wild koala and its habitat. AKF aims to refine and update the Koala Habitat Atlas mapping of all wild koala habitat and to get the Koala Protection Act enacted, ensuring the longevity of koalas and their habitat.


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