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Koala Needing Rescue

Koala Needing Rescue

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Saturday, November 16, 2019/Categories: wildlife conservation, video, birds, sustainability, environment, climate change

   Kookaburra in burned Eucalyptus forest Wallabi Point, NSW (credit; the ABC)

Australia is experiencing some of its worst wildfires in recorded history. New South Wales and Queensland are being hit particularly hard but other States are expecting fires to erupt. Fire commanders are calling the situation "catastrophic".

Besides wildfire threatening homes, businesses, and other infrastructure, wildlife habitat and the animals themselves are being destroyed. Birds generally fly away from fires but animals like koalas are especially vulnerable. They have the habit to climb to the tops of Eucalyptus trees for protection and often succumb to the blazes. Reports from New South Wales ((NSW) indicate entire koala colonies have been consumed by the fires. With exceptional drought conditions Australia is now experiencing, the situation amplified by climate change, forests are tinder dry. While first responders continue the hard work of rescuing people and saving properties, they are called upon to help animals as well. In an early wildlife, a first responder helped a parched koala get some water. He was one of the lucky ones not killed in the fires that raced through the forest.

A animal rescue center has been working with injured koalas from over 40 years. The Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie, NSW has been receiving many injured koalas since the new fires began. The Center is run by volunteers and a crew of veterinarians who care for the animals brought to them or located in burned areas by the volunteers themselves. The koala populations has been dramatically since the new fires began.

The hospital initiated a GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign to help provide vital supplies and equipment needed to care for all the koalas now under their care. Over 15,000+ individuals from around Australia and elsewhere have already helped the Campaign with personal donations. We strongly support the work of the Koala Hospital, their staff, and volunteers who are helping in such important wildlife conservation work. Consider a donation or adopt a koala yourself.

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