Australian bushfires wipe out half of koala colony, threaten more
Australian bushfires wipe out half of koala colony, threaten moreA fierce early start to the bushfire season brought a blaze at the Lake Innes Nature Reserve that destroyed two-thirds of the koalas' habitat last month, leaving the rest under threat from one of 15 major blazes in the southeastern state.
A koala , dubbed 'Peter' at the Koala Hospital Port Macquarie, was found injured at the Lake Innes Nature Reserve after bushfires . Credit:Port Macquarie Koala Hospital . The reserve, which was home to a colony of as many as 600 koalas , lost must of its habitat last week.
The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital is an animal welfare, scientific research and education facility that will send out and conduct search and rescue exercises in The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital would like to raise money to purchase and distribute automatic drinking stations which will assist in helping
Australians have opened their hearts and wallets to help save NSW's koala population which has been decimated by the fires, raising almost $350,000 in the space of days.
The donations, made via an online fundraiser, will go to the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital.
As well as nursing 18 injured koalas back to health, the hospital is mobilising the production and distribution of drinking stations to help give dehydrated koalas a chance of surviving in the wild.
Koala Conservation Australia president Sue Ashton said the hospital made the call this morning to triple the amount of drinking stations it will roll out, thanks to the generous donations of the public.
Flash the koala recovering after NSW bushfires
Flash nearly died from his burns sustained in the blaze at Taree on the mid-north coast.A tiny koala severely injured in the devastating NSW bushfires will live to climb another eucalyptus tree thanks to the tireless work of volunteer animal rescuers.
Bushfires sweeping through prime koala habitat in New South Wales may have killed as many as 350 of the iconic native marsupial, conservationists say. The blaze, near Port Macquarie in northern NSW , has burned through thousands of hectares including an important koala breeding ground.
At the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital , koalas that were caught in wildfires in New South Wales in Australia are being nursed back to health https The Rescue Collective has issued a wishlist of goods it needs to help koalas and other wildlife in the wake of the bushfires , including various drop-off points.
"Originally we were aiming to do 30, we have upped the number to 100 because we have gotten so many donations," Ms Ashton said.
"It's just so heartwarming and fabulous that people are showing that they care."
More than two-thirds of the koala's habitat in the Lake Innes Nature Reserve was destroyed last week when the fires first ripped through the area. It was estimated at the time that 350 koalas had perished out of a total of 600.
However, parts of the reserve are still burning and together with the toll from yesterday's destruction, the number of koala deaths is expected to increase.
"Because of the intensity of the fires we are not finding many bodies. The fires basically cremated the wildlife. It was so intense they have just been incinerated," Ms Ashton said.
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The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital has been doing everything it can to support the koalas that have survived that massive infernos and now their work can continue. Firefighters will be up against dry, hot and windy weather, sparking fears embers could travel long distances and start more bushfires .
A wildlife rescue centre is calling on Aussies to donate funds to help animals injured by bushfires in NSW and Queensland.
Many of the surviving koalas are suffering from severe dehydration.
"We have had some little koalas coming out of the fire areas, they are just lying down, they are so dehydrated. We have lost a few who have just given up I think," she said.
Wildlife workers are not yet able to enter the bushfire zone, but production on the drinking stations is already well underway.
A local manufacturer in Port Macquarie had been contracted to complete one drinking station a day, Ms Ashton said.
Another manufacturer in Inverell, northern NSW, will produce more drinking stations to be sent directly to Lismore to help the koalas in the Northern Rivers region.
One positive to come out of the bushfire tragedy was the research wildlife workers planned to carry out as part of the management of the drinking stations, Ms Ashton said.
Close to $1M raised for Australian wildlife caught in bushfires
Incredible stories of human kindness have emerged during the bushfire crisis currently gripping the nation. A staggering $938,000 has been raised for animals injured in the blazes, with a new wild koala breeding program to be established in New South Wales.Pictures: Bushfires leave devastating trail across NSW Donations poured in for the Port Macquarie Hospital's Go Fund Me page where the initial goal was to raise $25,000 and buy automatic drinking stations for koalas and other wildlife.
Seven koalas burnt in bushfire successfully treated at Port Macquarie Koala Hospital . Injured koalas receive life-saving treatment after surviving devastating bushfires on the New South Wales mid-north coast. © Provided by Australian Broadcasting Corporation Sparky the koala is rescued by volunteers
Koala population devastated by NSW bushfires . Koalas In Care is looking after a few dozen koalas caught up in the devastating bushfires .Source:Supplied. Picture: Koala Hospital , Port MacquarieSource:Supplied. Large volumes of natural koala habitat have been destroyed in recent
"We are installing cameras with the drinking stations so we can monitor what wildlife is coming and what their behaviours are," she said.
"We are going to document all of this, so the knowledge that we gain we can share with other wildlife organisations across Australia and they can adapt it to their particular area. So it's good research that is actually going to come out of this terrible tragedy."
Of the 18 injured koalas in the hospital's care, many were starting to make a good recovery, Ms Ashton said.
"Even some of the first ones that we got through with the burnt paws, they are starting to get out of their baskets and move around," she said.
"They were just curled up in little brown balls to begin with and they are gradually starting to get out of their basket. So that is absolutely fabulous."
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