Big 5s

Deborah Tabart

Chairman, Save The Koala

“I love all creatures great and small but I’m going to choose the koala as my Number One. Over the years, I’ve met some amazing koalas and they’re all different. each one with their own personality. Some are grumpy, some are very sweet, and the little joeys are just adorable.

Koalas are a great flagship species for conservation. If you can’t save the koalas’ habitat, then it’s pretty difficult to save anything else. They do not eat crops. They do not savage humans. They just sit there looking sweet and making lots of tourist dollars.

I’m not a really good photographer. I prefer to stand beside photographers and have my binoculars at the ready to predict wild animal behaviour. In Churchill, I did predict that a female polar bear would sit down and feed her cubs, and she did. So polar bear mums are very much in my heart and soul. I also predicted which puffin would return with fish in his beak after sitting quietly in the Cook Inlet watching who was who in the flock, which is very difficult given they all look the same. But I have to say that an armful of koala joeys is probably the cutest image you will ever see. After our dreadful fires, there are a lot of joeys who have lost their mums and need our help.”

www.savethekoala.com
www.instagram.com/australiankoalafoundation

Photo by Deborah Tabart

My Big 5

    Koala Bear
    Polar Bear
    Elephant
    Orangutan
    Wombat

Deborah Tabart

Chairman, Save The Koala

“I love all creatures great and small but I’m going to choose the koala as my Number One. Over the years, I’ve met some amazing koalas and they’re all different. each one with their own personality. Some are grumpy, some are very sweet, and the little joeys are just adorable.

Koalas are a great flagship species for conservation. If you can’t save the koalas’ habitat, then it’s pretty difficult to save anything else. They do not eat crops. They do not savage humans. They just sit there looking sweet and making lots of tourist dollars.

I’m not a really good photographer. I prefer to stand beside photographers and have my binoculars at the ready to predict wild animal behaviour. In Churchill, I did predict that a female polar bear would sit down and feed her cubs, and she did. So polar bear mums are very much in my heart and soul. I also predicted which puffin would return with fish in his beak after sitting quietly in the Cook Inlet watching who was who in the flock, which is very difficult given they all look the same. But I have to say that an armful of koala joeys is probably the cutest image you will ever see. After our dreadful fires, there are a lot of joeys who have lost their mums and need our help.”

Photo by Deborah Tabart

My Big 5

    Koala Bear
    Polar Bear
    Elephant
    Orangutan
    Wombat

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