The last few months have been tough and it is only too easy to dwell on the negatives of the situation we have been dealing with. However, in looking at the ‘negatives’, I’ve also realised that there are many ‘positives’….
. The passion of Earthwatchers
|Earthwatch group, November 2013|
|'It's a boy'. Annie with Sally's joey|
. The support of Earthwatch
Kirsty, THANK YOU for helping with this latest trip. It wasn’t an easy situation to have to deal with on your first koala trip but you were a rock for me. Always smiling, and willing to do whatever had to be done. I’m guessing that you might think twice about volunteering for the Aire River survey again? Cass, THANK YOU for listening to my rants, and for waiting patiently for the revised briefing.
Kirsty didn't sit down often...
. My Bimbi Park familyI love you all (including Jak of course!), and thank you for welcoming me into your family. Frank – I am still chuckling over our early morning koala catching during this last trip. I’m not sure that the vet liked arriving each day to find six or so koalas already in bags for them J
Frank's pizzas are always a highlight
. DEPI staff who have come to our aid
You are working incredibly hard and I know that like the rest of us, you have found the reality of this situation difficult to deal with. THANK YOU for caring. You have given us hope.
. The landholders of Cape Otway
The old saying ‘when the going gets tough, the tough get going’ comes to mind. You are an incredible group of people and I’m honoured to join you as a member of the ‘Save Cape Otway Alliance’.
. Our koalas
We are now down to eight koalas: Dave, Scarface, Beast, Buffy, Sally, Bella, M1187 and M1189. I have mourned the loss of each of our collared koalas, but also smile at the memories: Lucie was my favourite and I have a LOT of photos of her and her various joeys. Princess was always such a little drama queen. Cranky Frankie didn’t get his name for being sweet-natured. He will go down in history as the most aggressive koala I’ve ever met. I don't think he liked me much? And the list goes on and on… It certainly has been a privilege to work with these beautiful animals.
Dave is still going strong :-)
. The future
I have about 600 little mannas growing and these will be ready to plant next autumn. There are also numerous little seedlings growing in the control burn areas. There is much work to be done but together, we can rebuild.