Koala Conservation




Koala Conservation Plan

The City is working hard to conserve koalas across the Gold Coast via the implementation of the city wide Koala Conservation Plan. This Koala Conservation Plan builds on the previous experience and learnings of the Elanora-Currumbin Waters, East Coomera and Burleigh Ridge koala conservation plans, and identifies informed and targeted actions to mitigate key threats to koalas across the city.

Community involvement

It is essential that community members, like you, get involved to ensure the long-term survival of koalas on the Gold Coast. You can get involved by:

  • becoming a member of the Koala Friends Program
  • completing a Koala Sighting Form to report a koala sighting
  • calling 1300 GOLDCOAST (1300 465 326) to report a koala sighting
  • sharing your koala story and uploading photos here.

Learn about koalas, the threats facing them, our conservation efforts to save them and what you can do to help koalas on the Gold Coast here.

Have you found a koala that needs help?

If you see a koala that needs rescuing, call the Wildcare Australia Inc. 24 hour hotline on 07 5527 2444.

What to look out for to know if a koala needs rescuing:
  • being stuck on a fence in a hazardous situation, for example, beside a busy road
  • observed sitting or sleeping on the ground for an extended period
  • sitting in the same tree for more than 48 hours
  • physical signs of injury, for example, limping, inability to climb, blood patches on fur, etc.
  • any visibly missing fur
  • a 'wet' or 'dirty' reddish stained rump
  • conjunctivitis (red, swollen, weepy) eyes.
If you are unsure if a koala requires rescue, please call Wildcare Australia Inc. on 07 5527 2444. Advice can be provided over the phone and a record of the koala's location will be made for further observation or rescue.





Koala Conservation Plan

The City is working hard to conserve koalas across the Gold Coast via the implementation of the city wide Koala Conservation Plan. This Koala Conservation Plan builds on the previous experience and learnings of the Elanora-Currumbin Waters, East Coomera and Burleigh Ridge koala conservation plans, and identifies informed and targeted actions to mitigate key threats to koalas across the city.

Community involvement

It is essential that community members, like you, get involved to ensure the long-term survival of koalas on the Gold Coast. You can get involved by:

  • becoming a member of the Koala Friends Program
  • completing a Koala Sighting Form to report a koala sighting
  • calling 1300 GOLDCOAST (1300 465 326) to report a koala sighting
  • sharing your koala story and uploading photos here.

Learn about koalas, the threats facing them, our conservation efforts to save them and what you can do to help koalas on the Gold Coast here.

Have you found a koala that needs help?

If you see a koala that needs rescuing, call the Wildcare Australia Inc. 24 hour hotline on 07 5527 2444.

What to look out for to know if a koala needs rescuing:
  • being stuck on a fence in a hazardous situation, for example, beside a busy road
  • observed sitting or sleeping on the ground for an extended period
  • sitting in the same tree for more than 48 hours
  • physical signs of injury, for example, limping, inability to climb, blood patches on fur, etc.
  • any visibly missing fur
  • a 'wet' or 'dirty' reddish stained rump
  • conjunctivitis (red, swollen, weepy) eyes.
If you are unsure if a koala requires rescue, please call Wildcare Australia Inc. on 07 5527 2444. Advice can be provided over the phone and a record of the koala's location will be made for further observation or rescue.


  • Koala-dog awareness signage

    about 12 hours ago
    Dogs prohibited sign

    Did you know that koalas can be found in many of the city’s parks and reserves, some of which are also used by the community to walk and exercise their dogs?

    Recently the Vulnerable Species Management Team were undertaking koala surveys in Park, Tallebudgera, when a koala was seen in the off-leash dog area coming to the ground crossing between trees. Unfortunately the koala was also seen by a dog that was off-leash. The owner of the dog was asked to put her pet on-leash to prevent the koala from being bitten, but did not have a leash with her....

    Did you know that koalas can be found in many of the city’s parks and reserves, some of which are also used by the community to walk and exercise their dogs?

    Recently the Vulnerable Species Management Team were undertaking koala surveys in Park, Tallebudgera, when a koala was seen in the off-leash dog area coming to the ground crossing between trees. Unfortunately the koala was also seen by a dog that was off-leash. The owner of the dog was asked to put her pet on-leash to prevent the koala from being bitten, but did not have a leash with her. The dog quickly approached and bit the koala.

    The koala, named Victa, was rescued by Wildcare Australia Inc. and taken to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital, were treated and he was quickly released back into the wild.

    In response to this incident, koala-dog awareness signs have been developed to alert dog owners that koalas live in our parks and reserves and park users need to ensure they help keep koalas safe and be responsible pet owners.

    Dogs on-leash, dogs prohibited and dogs off-leash signs have been designed to align with the different park zones and will help park users and pet owners understand actions they can take to help keep koalas safe, while still enjoying what the park has to offer. The portable signs can be moved by Council Officers to new locations within the park in response to community requests, reported incidents or to reduce signage habituation.

    The signs are currently installed in key locations at Schuster Park -Tallebudgera; Eddie Kornhauser Recreational Reserve - Elanora; Galapagos Park - Pacific Pines. There are plans to rotate the signs in different parks across the city throughout the year.

    To find out where you can exercise your pet dog head to the link below:

    https://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/thegoldcoast/dog-exercise-areas-972.html

    If you think your dog may have encountered a koala please immediately call Wildcare Australia on 07 55272444.

    Image 1: Victa the koala after getting chased up a tree.

    Image 2: Dog on-leash sign


    Image 3: Koala-dog awareness sign




  • 360 Virtual Reality Koala Video Series

    about 12 hours ago
    Setting up 360 degree camera 2

    The City of Gold Coast has developed three new virtual reality videos in conjunction with their Koala Friends partners, Wildcare Australia Inc. and Currumbin Wildlife Hospital. They can be viewed on the City’s YouTube page. You can view the videos through any VR headset, or alternatively, use the mouse or touch pad to navigate around the 360 view on any smart phone, tablet or desktop computer.

    Please note that a 360 degree video can only play on internet browsers that support HTML 5 format.

    Koala VR - Koala Field Survey

    Koala VR - CurrumbinWildlife Hospital

    Koala VR - Koala...

    The City of Gold Coast has developed three new virtual reality videos in conjunction with their Koala Friends partners, Wildcare Australia Inc. and Currumbin Wildlife Hospital. They can be viewed on the City’s YouTube page. You can view the videos through any VR headset, or alternatively, use the mouse or touch pad to navigate around the 360 view on any smart phone, tablet or desktop computer.

    Please note that a 360 degree video can only play on internet browsers that support HTML 5 format.

    Koala VR - Koala Field Survey

    Koala VR - CurrumbinWildlife Hospital

    Koala VR - Koala Friendsand Wildcare Australia

    Image 1: Koala getting up close to the 360 degree virtual reality camera

  • Helping our koalas in the heat

    about 12 hours ago
    Taggy dino having a drink in aug 2019 credit ute and jens sohnrey

    Clagiraba residents, Ute and Jens Sohnrey, are passionate about nature conservation and are members of both the Koala Friends, and Land for Wildlife Programs. Their backyard is a favourite for a number of local resident koalas which they are able to recognise individually.

    In an effort to help the local wildlife, particularly during periods of hot dry weather, Ute and Jens have set up a number of wildlife drinking stations on their property. With some help from an infrared camera they have discovered (much to their delight), that they have some thirsty visitors.

    In particular, one...

    Clagiraba residents, Ute and Jens Sohnrey, are passionate about nature conservation and are members of both the Koala Friends, and Land for Wildlife Programs. Their backyard is a favourite for a number of local resident koalas which they are able to recognise individually.

    In an effort to help the local wildlife, particularly during periods of hot dry weather, Ute and Jens have set up a number of wildlife drinking stations on their property. With some help from an infrared camera they have discovered (much to their delight), that they have some thirsty visitors.

    In particular, one regular visitor to their drinking station is a koala named Taggy (because of the red tag in his ear). He first started visiting their property in June 2014 and has been hanging around ever since. In April this year, Taggy was caught and taken to Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital for treatment of conjunctivitis, where it was discovered that he was one of the koalas that was translocated from Coomera as a sub-adult in 2013 (then going by the name Dino). After successful antibiotic treatment he was released back into his home range where he continues to visit Ute and Jens and their irresistible water dish.

    Typically koalas will get most of their water intake from their diet of mainly eucalypt leaves, but will come to the ground to drink water if needed. It is thought that provision of supplementary water could help koalas during heat and drought events, and might help mitigate the effects of climate change.

    Research is currently being undertaken by the University of Sydney on the use of artificial water stations by koalas in Gunnedah, NSW. Initially, the researchers set out to determine if koalas will use these stations to supplement their water needs. During the first 12 months of the study, the research team recorded 605 visits to 10 pairs of water stations, with 401 of these visits being koalas drinking. They found that the total number of visits and total time drinking doubled during summer compared to other seasons. They are now collecting data on the health of the animals and their behaviours. See: https://sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/news/2019/06/06/koala-drinking-stations-can-reduce-impact-of-climate-change.htmlhttps://sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/news/2019/06/06/koala-drinking-stations-can-reduce-impact-of-climate-change.html

    If you live in an area with koalas and would like to provide water, here are some tips:

    • To avoid accidental drowning, choose a dish that is shallow - a bird bath dish is perfect.

    • Place dish at least 2m up a tree, wedged securely into a fork or onto a custom built platform.

    • If possible, choose a tree that is preferred by koalas. On the Gold Coast, this would be tallowwood (Eucalyptus microcorys), small fruited grey gum (Eucalyptus propinqua), swamp mahogany (Eucalyptus robusta) or river red gum (Eucalyptus tereticornis). If you don’t have any of these trees choose another gum tree, or brush box.

    • Change water and clean dish regularly, using a stiff brush to remove slime and algae. Don't use disinfectants or algaecides as this may harm wildlife.

    • If you have a dog, put the water in an area that the dog can't access. At night bring your dog inside, or into an enclosed area inaccessible to koalas.

    If you are unable to find a suitable tree to put the water dish in, you could also put it on the ground, ensuring that:

    • the koala will be safe from predators such as dogs, and

    • the dish is placed at the base of a tree to allow for an easy and quick escape route for koalas.

    Be patient - it may take weeks or months until your water dish starts being used. Even if koalas decide not to use it, it is likely to be popular with other native animals including birds and insects.

    Image 1: Taggy/Dino in October 2015. Credit: Ute and Jen Sohnrey

    Image 2: Taggy/Dino in October 2017 Credit: Ute and Jen Sohnrey

    Image 3: Taggy/Dino in February 2019 Credit: Ute and Jen Sohnrey

    Image 4: Taggy/Dino having a drink in August 2019 Credit: Ute and Jen Sohnrey
  • Meet Maddie, a bushfire survivor!

    about 12 hours ago
    Maddie being rescued by wildcare volunteers

    Maddie was one of many koalas rescued by Wildcare Australia Inc. after the recent and devastating bushfires that swept through the Gold Coast hinterland area. Wildcare Australia In.c volunteers captured and transported Maddie to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital as she was suffering from stress, singed fur and burns to her footpads and nose.

    Maddie was put under a general anaesthetic so the hospital staff could perform further health assessments and the initial clean and dressing of her burns and wounds. Suffering from burns and smoke inhalation, her ongoing intensive care treatment plan consisted of saline foot baths, receiving...

    Maddie was one of many koalas rescued by Wildcare Australia Inc. after the recent and devastating bushfires that swept through the Gold Coast hinterland area. Wildcare Australia In.c volunteers captured and transported Maddie to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital as she was suffering from stress, singed fur and burns to her footpads and nose.

    Maddie was put under a general anaesthetic so the hospital staff could perform further health assessments and the initial clean and dressing of her burns and wounds. Suffering from burns and smoke inhalation, her ongoing intensive care treatment plan consisted of saline foot baths, receiving pain medication, antibiotics, IV fluids and being fed a nutrient rich paste.

    After a month undergoing intensive care by the dedicated staff at Currumbin Wildlife Hospital, Maddie is recovering well. Her fur is growing back, burns and wounds are healing well, her appetite has increased and her lungs are clear.

    She will remain at the hospital while she continues her treatment and the road to recovery.

    On behalf of the Vulnerable Species Management Team and the City, we would like to sincerely thank all the staff and volunteers at Currumbin Wildlife Hospital, Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital and Wildcare Australia Inc. for their tremendous efforts they apply to the rescue and rehabilitation of our native wildlife, including our precious koalas.

    It is currently bushfire season on the Gold Coast so we urge all community members to prepare your home and family for the risk of bushfire. Click here to learn how.

    Image 1: Burns to Maddie's feet. Credit Wildcare Australia Inc.

    Image 2: The aftermath of the bushfire sweeping through koala habitat.


  • Koala Camp – Yangan State School

    about 12 hours ago
    Yangan state school students learning all about koalas

    Jacobs Well Environmental Education Centre recently undertook a science camp with year 5/6 students from Yangan State School (near Warwick, Qld) focusing on growth and survival of living things. Part of the education program was focused on the East Coomera area, looking at the remaining koala habitat and learning about the food and habitat trees that koalas need to survive. Twenty one students/fauna forensic scientists spent part of a day out at Colman Road reserve at Coomera looking for evidence of koalas, using binoculars to spot koalas in the trees, identifying suitable food and habitat trees, and discussing...

    Jacobs Well Environmental Education Centre recently undertook a science camp with year 5/6 students from Yangan State School (near Warwick, Qld) focusing on growth and survival of living things. Part of the education program was focused on the East Coomera area, looking at the remaining koala habitat and learning about the food and habitat trees that koalas need to survive. Twenty one students/fauna forensic scientists spent part of a day out at Colman Road reserve at Coomera looking for evidence of koalas, using binoculars to spot koalas in the trees, identifying suitable food and habitat trees, and discussing the Coomera koala population and actions being taken to help them to survive.

    The program was a huge success, with three koalas (and one joey) being sighted during the surveys. The students were great at finding koala scats, observing scratch marks on the trees and using eucalyptus keys to identify tree species. The students engaged really well with the opportunity to be real scientists involved in monitoring koala populations and the teachers and parents accompanying thought it was great that they were studying relevant issues and using methodology from the real world. The program was developed in consultation with the City’s Vulnerable Species Management Team and the important information that the students collected has been provided to the City to be used to help inform long term monitoring of koalas in the area and to assist with future planning.

    Figure 1: Koala spotted by Yangan State School Students.
  • Teddy Bear Drive - Naturally Gold Coast Festival

    about 12 hours ago
    Koala teddy cuddle   credit wildcare

    On 24November the City of Gold Coast, together with Councillor Hermann Vorster, are hosting the family-friendly Naturally Gold Coast Festival in the Robina auditorium.

    You can learn all about our local native flora, buy native plants for your garden or speak to a native garden expert for tips. Get up close with our native animals including a range of Australian wildlife such as snakes, lizards, birds and native bees.

    On the day we will be hosting a ‘Teddy Bear’ drive and collecting gold coin donations to raise money for Wildcare Australia who rescue and care for sick, injured, orphaned and...

    On 24November the City of Gold Coast, together with Councillor Hermann Vorster, are hosting the family-friendly Naturally Gold Coast Festival in the Robina auditorium.

    You can learn all about our local native flora, buy native plants for your garden or speak to a native garden expert for tips. Get up close with our native animals including a range of Australian wildlife such as snakes, lizards, birds and native bees.

    On the day we will be hosting a ‘Teddy Bear’ drive and collecting gold coin donations to raise money for Wildcare Australia who rescue and care for sick, injured, orphaned and displaced native wildlife with the intention of returning them to the wild. If you have an old teddy bear that you no longer require, bring it with you on the day and we will pass it on to Wildcare. These teddies will be cuddled by orphaned and sick joeys to help make them feel safe and keep them warm while they are recovering.

    Requirements for teddies:

    • Size range from 10cm to 70cm tall

    • In good, clean, unused condition with no holes, rips or tears

    • Standard polyester filing to enable them to be washed and dried regularly

    • No internal plastic pellets, wheat, batteries etc.

    • Teddies with short fur are preferred

    • No teddies that have been used as dog toys please

    Click here link below to register for the free event.


  • Koala smiley signs slow down drivers

    3 months ago
    Slow down


    The Gold Coast supports an important population of koalas and is part of South East Queensland’s koala coast. The koala coast population has been steadily declining for a range of reasons, with vehicle-strikes being of particular significance.

    Currently, wildlife warning signs are one of the only wildlife-vehicle collision mitigation measures that can be implemented quickly, for relatively low cost and at the landscape scale. Although static wildlife warning signs are the most common and widespread form of collision mitigation, evidence of their effectiveness is inconsistent. Recent innovations in traffic signage could potentially reduce the risk of wildlife-vehicle strikes...


    The Gold Coast supports an important population of koalas and is part of South East Queensland’s koala coast. The koala coast population has been steadily declining for a range of reasons, with vehicle-strikes being of particular significance.

    Currently, wildlife warning signs are one of the only wildlife-vehicle collision mitigation measures that can be implemented quickly, for relatively low cost and at the landscape scale. Although static wildlife warning signs are the most common and widespread form of collision mitigation, evidence of their effectiveness is inconsistent. Recent innovations in traffic signage could potentially reduce the risk of wildlife-vehicle strikes and assessing their impact and optimising their designs and messages is important.

    In 2018 the City, in partnership with the Griffith University Road Ecology Group and Redland City Council, undertook a 10-week pilot research project to evaluate how effective different types of dynamic road sign messages were at reducing vehicle speeds in known koala areas.

    The signs used for the trial were Speed Awareness Device (SAD) signs, with standard fluorescent yellow panels and the wording ‘KOALA ZONE’ above a standard yellow warning sign displaying a black koala silhouette. The signs have a built in speed detection radar and display variable images depending on the speed detected. Each sign recorded the date, time, and two speeds: one when the vehicle was first detected and one when the vehicle passed the sign. Control data for each site was collected prior to the signs being installed.

    On the Gold Coast, four signage locations were selected along two roads known for koala vehicle strikes: Discovery Drive in Helensvale and Pine Ridge Road in Coombabah/Runaway Bay. Two message types were displayed:

    • The ‘smiley message’ displayed a green smiling face image at low speeds, a yellow smiling face image with ‘BE ALERT’ at medium speeds and a red sad face image with ‘SLOW!’ at high speeds.
    • The ‘thank you message’ displayed the text ‘THANK YOU’ in green at low speeds, ‘STAY ALERT’ in yellow at medium speeds and ‘SLOW DOWN’ in red at high speeds.

    All signs were programmed to alternate the relevant message with the speed of the vehicle, with the colour of the speed number matching the respective messages.

    Outcomes of trial

    • At all sites, both the smiley message and thank you message reduced average vehicle speed and the proportion of vehicles speeding (which equated to thousands of vehicles).
    • Differences in the driver behaviour between the two sign messages were negligible. However, the smiley message consistently performed slightly better across the sites at reducing driver speed.
    • Compared with the control period, average speed and the percentage of vehicles speeding were reduced following installation of the signs at all sites, except site 4 (Pine Ridge Rd South). It is possible that an unknown and unforeseen event at this site disrupted usual traffic patterns during the control period and resulted in unusually low vehicle speeds being recorded.
    • Vehicle speed tended to reduce more at night, with excessive speeders reducing their speed more than both non-speeders and moderate speeders.

    A special thanks goes to Division 4 Councillor Kristyn Boulton who purchased the two signs that were deployed along Pine Ridge Road, as well as the subsequent WILDLIFE road paintings. The signs on Discovery Drive were funded by the City’s Vulnerable Species Management Team.

    You can download the full report here

    Division 4 Councillor Kristyn Boulton with a Koala SAD sign

  • Koala breeding season has begun!

    4 months ago
    Breeding season 1


    July marks the beginning of the koala breeding season, when koalas increase their movements across the city. Young koalas are dispersing from their mothers and adults are in search of a mate. This means we all need to be extra vigilant in our koala conservation efforts, as the risk of a koala coming across our path – or our pet’s path – increases.

    • Make sure you drive carefully in bushland areas, especially between dusk and dawn when koalas are most active.
    • Pay attention to koala road signs – these are intentionally placed in areas where koalas are...


    July marks the beginning of the koala breeding season, when koalas increase their movements across the city. Young koalas are dispersing from their mothers and adults are in search of a mate. This means we all need to be extra vigilant in our koala conservation efforts, as the risk of a koala coming across our path – or our pet’s path – increases.

    • Make sure you drive carefully in bushland areas, especially between dusk and dawn when koalas are most active.
    • Pay attention to koala road signs – these are intentionally placed in areas where koalas are known to cross the road.
    • Be a responsible pet owner by making sure your pets are contained to your property, tied up, enclosed, or indoors at night, and kept under control when walking in public.

    Please encourage friends and family to report all koala sightings at gchaveyoursay.com.au/koalas or by calling 1300 GOLD COAST (1300 465 326). Immediately report a koala that is sick, injured or in danger to Wildcare Australia Inc. by calling 07 5527 2444.

    Sighting reports provide us with valuable information about koala distribution and habitat and help our conservation planning. Records are also valuable in helping City of Gold Coast officers to understand koala locations, their ongoing threats and provide information on health, age and reproductive status. The information collected is also used to help interpret trends in population numbers, koala rescues and hospital admissions.

    We hope you see plenty of safe and healthy koalas this breeding season and we look forward to seeing your photos and videos of them!


    The Currumbin Wildlife Hospital experiences an increase in koala admissions throughout the breeding season.


    - cover photo courtesy of Helen Evens, Mudgeeraba – September 2018

  • Burleigh surveys

    4 months ago
    Surveys


    The City of Gold Coast has recently finalised koala population monitoring surveys in the Burleigh area. Baseline surveys for Burleigh were initially undertaken in 2013 and have been repeated every two years. These surveys are undertaken within State and City owned reserves and provide information on the extent and degree of habitat use by the koala population, as well as an indication of koala density and population health. This year, the team observed 12 koalas across the survey area. The majority of koalas showed no clinical signs of disease and one female koala even had a visible pouch young! Koalas...


    The City of Gold Coast has recently finalised koala population monitoring surveys in the Burleigh area. Baseline surveys for Burleigh were initially undertaken in 2013 and have been repeated every two years. These surveys are undertaken within State and City owned reserves and provide information on the extent and degree of habitat use by the koala population, as well as an indication of koala density and population health. This year, the team observed 12 koalas across the survey area. The majority of koalas showed no clinical signs of disease and one female koala even had a visible pouch young! Koalas were seen in Burleigh Ridge Park, Herbert Park, Tallebudgera Creek Conservation Park, Ron Mason Park and Skyline Terrace Reserve.

    The survey methodology used is the SAT - Spot Assessment Technique (Phillips and Callaghan 2011) with associated 25-metre radial searches for koalas at each site. The SAT methodology determines koala activity levels based on the presence/absence of scats (koala faecal matter) under a set number of trees at each site.

    The team also undertook a number of strip transects between selected SAT sites, whereby the team walks along a predetermined line looking for koalas. The resulting observations of koalas can help inform koala density estimates for the area. The surveys can lead the team through some particularly dense forest and steep terrain and, in order to maintain the study’s integrity, the team must hold a straight line – while looking up and not falling over! Survey results are currently being analysed.


  • Koala school education program

    4 months ago
    St a schools 2


    The City of Gold Coast has recently finished a school education workshop series with schools located in koala priority areas. The Koala Conservation Education Program (KCEP) aims to provide an opportunity for local school students to develop their knowledge and understanding of koalas and their habitat as well as the current threats and conservation measures affecting the species.

    The workshops reached over 950 students in six schools across the Gold Coast with subject material linked to the Australian curriculum.

    The workshops covered key concepts from the KCEP teacher’s guides including:

    • The koalas’ significance as a vulnerable species listed by...


    The City of Gold Coast has recently finished a school education workshop series with schools located in koala priority areas. The Koala Conservation Education Program (KCEP) aims to provide an opportunity for local school students to develop their knowledge and understanding of koalas and their habitat as well as the current threats and conservation measures affecting the species.

    The workshops reached over 950 students in six schools across the Gold Coast with subject material linked to the Australian curriculum.

    The workshops covered key concepts from the KCEP teacher’s guides including:

    • The koalas’ significance as a vulnerable species listed by the Queensland State Government and by Federal Government in NSW, ACT and QLD.
    • The key koala population areas on the Gold Coast include Elanora and Currumbin Waters, East Coomera, Burleigh Ridge and throughout the hinterland.
    • The declining koala population in South East Queensland.
    • Processes in our urban environment that threaten the long-term survival of koalas.
    • The current conservation measures in place and how each member of the community can contribute towards implementing them.

    The KCEP can be taught by resident school teachers using the available teacher’s guides. If you think the KCEP would benefit your local school, encourage their Parents and Friends association, heads of departments or faculty to contact us.