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This weather and koalas – please help them

We’ve had a very busy couple of months with nearly 100 koalas brought into our Koala Rescue and Care Centre since July 1.  Last year we rescued 443 animals, which was 33% more than previous years, and it looks like this year is going to be equally as busy.

The weather has meant that koalas are on the move early, and with everything so dry there’s little moisture for them in their leaf. Recently we’ve had two koalas drowned in swimming pools, no doubt having fallen in attempting to drink from the pools. Whilst koalas can swim, it’s difficult for them to gain purchase on the hard surfaces around swimming pools, so it’s important if you have a swimming pool to provide some support for them to pull themselves to safety such as a rope with a float firmly tethered to a tree or other firm upright.

As well as taking care with swimming pools, placing non-metal bowls of water under trees, particularly koala food trees known to be visited by koalas, so they can have a drink, will really help. Of course, other wildlife will also benefit from this. Even though we’ve had some rain, throughout summer these are a good practice.

 


New Rescue Van out and about

 

 

 

Last year we were fortunate to have a new VW Transporter All Wheel Drive Van donated to us by The Tony & Lisette Lewis Foundation’s WildlifeLink. It took some time to arrive, be commissioned and have the great new signage applied, but is now fully operational and making an impact.

This is the second Rescue Van donated by WildlifeLink. They donated our first Toyota Hiace Rescue Van some ten years ago as well as our trailer, both of which are essential for our rescue and rehabilitation work. On top of that, they fund the operational costs each year. This generous donation has made a significant difference to us and our capacity as volunteers to make a difference for koalas in the Northern Rivers. They, and we, are most grateful. 

A new addition funded by WildlifeLink with our Transporter Rescue van has been the use of images of two of our koalas, which both attract a great deal of attention, particularly that of our cheeky Lauren on the back window. But even more important, the bolder message about our Rescue Hotline, and our campaign to put that number in your phone, will hopefully mean people report injured and diseased koalas earlier, leading to better outcomes for them.

 


Koala poo-sniffers

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