Koalas are adorable! Unfortunately, they are also a very vulnerable species. They can only eat eucalyptus leaves, which are toxic to all other animals. Even for koalas, they can only eat a few species of eucalyptus. The danger to koalas is habitat destruction. Their natural home ranges are the costal areas of Australia, precisely the part of Australia that humans also want to live. Koalas require large territories but more and more of these area are opening to suburbia development. So modern day koalas have to live with the very real dangers of car accidents and dog attacks not to mention the ever decreasing number of eatable eucalyptus trees.
I don’t have a lot of money to donate to the Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia and I can’t donate my time. But as a graduate student, I am friend with many other graduate students who speak 2nd, 3rd, or even 4th language. So I thought that I’d design a poster for animal conservation and ask my friends to translate the text into other languages. What I thought would be a simple copy and pasting project turned out to be a lot more difficult than I anticipated: Illustrator CS3 can not handle Farsi because it goes from right to left. I could not get transcription of Bengali to work in anything other than my browser. But the end result looks so cool! It is really fascinating how languages share similarity by geography.
Translations thanks to: Rohan Chabukswar, Sérgio Pequito, Milos Cvetkovic, Stefanos Baros, Jhi-Young Joo, Nikos Arechiga, Javad Mohammadi, Evgeny Toropov, Subhro Das, Joya Deri, Yuko Ishii, Nipun Popli.