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Bunnelby My Valentine…BELLOW!
Valentine’s Day! First,
Unofficial Team Komala must pay
respects to Columbus Zoo’s
Ambassador Moondani Koala who
passed away last February 2016.
Moondani was part of the AZA
Species Survival Plan and I was
lucky enough to catch him
snoozing in the exhibit area
when I remembered to bring my
camera along. Thanks to koala
conservation efforts of The
Australian Koala Foundation, I
was able to contribute to a few
memorial gum trees planted in
Harrold’s Forest in memory of
Moondani. However, Australia’s
iconic and world-beloved koalas
are in trouble and it’s up to
Team Komala to BELLOW to the
Australian government that a
Koala Protection Act is
needed…yesterday! Please do
whatever you can to support your
US zoos that participate in the
AZA Species Survival Plan and
check out Australia’s foremost
non-governmental funded (in
other words, they can advocate
for koalas’ best interests
because they accept no
not-for-profit organization The
Australian Koala Foundation
can join The Koala Army there by
providing your e-mail for
updates and there is a gift shop
where purchases support koala
conservation (free shipping
worldwide during Save the Koala
month—September, normally—if you
order over $50AU in
And now, finally…the moment Pokémon-gaming koala lovers have awaited for 20 years: THE KOMALA HAS LANDED. That’s right, Pokémon Center USA finally received Komala plush this past week. As you can see by the photos, I’ve received my order already; I’ve only ordered from Pokémon Center online twice, including this order, but in both cases, I received my order within 48 hours—on just Standard Shipping! How top-notch is that for service?!
Pokémon Center online currently has a special where if you order $50+ in merchandise, shipping is free. I got two Komala plush toys to bump my order over in addition to the delightful Moon Viewing Pikachu pair plush. I absolutely adore this boy-girl pair (the girl’s tail is notched, just as a female Pikachu’s tail should be) and being a Team Buneary fan, I was tickled to see the kimono print motif was usagi in the moon—or rather, Buneary in the moon—just like in Japanese folklore! Pokémon Center online also has received other Alola Pokémon merchandise along with lots of new items for 2017—but so have local stores! The Scholastic Alola Region Pokémon Poster Book is available through Barnes & Noble along with other bookseller sites such as Amazon, Target, etc. and YES, it does include a Komala poster! PIKA! Target has received Tomy’s spring wave of plush including Bunnelby, Luvdisc, Togepi and Pikachu holding a strawberry, so kawaii!
My Valentine haul centers on koalas and bunnies, here’s where you can find these adorable items (left to right, top to bottom): Angel Bunny’s animal loving/caring owner Fluttershy, Hasbro small Pony plush from Meijer, Itty Bitty Pony plush from Hallmark; humongous koala plush from Wal-Mart; felt “I Love You So Munch” koala plush from Hallmark (I told the clerk all about savethekoala.com when I bought that!); Scholastic Pokémon Alola Region Poster Book from Barnes & Noble; Brer Rabbit Tsum Tsum from Disney Store Disney Parks collection online; small pink koala plush from Wal-Mart; Komala plush and Moon Viewing Pikachu Pair plush from Pokemon Center online; Bunnelby plush, Russell Stover koala motif chocolate heart and Vanilla & Bijou Velvetears Littlest Pet Shop plush pair from Target.
I’m not sure what Komala’s creator was thinking when they designed it, but it definitely channel’s the AKF’s catchphrase #NoTreeNoMe. On that final note, I hope favorite Pokémon will inspire fans to think about conservation; otherwise we will lose the real life animals that inspired our favorite characters forever. We must BELLOW to save our wildlife! PIKA!
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