Australia Ley calls on koala experts post bushfires
Koalas injured in NSW bushfires treated in couple's lounge room
The husband and wife team behind Koalas In Care are treating koalas that have been injured or left homeless by the bushfires in NSW. Sooty, whose nose, chin and fur have been scorched, is one of 24 currently in their house.The husband and wife team behind Koalas In Care are treating koalas that have been injured or left homeless by the bushfires raging around the town.
Koala experts will meet in Brisbane to map out a way to help the native animal, which has been devastated by bushfires in Queensland and NSW.
Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley said the experts - who are meeting on Thursday - will have $3 million to spend on restoring koala habitats.
"The meeting of koala experts from NSW and Queensland will identify the best responses to the impacts of the fires and the future needs of koala populations," Ms Ley said on Wednesday.
Miraculous moment a badly burned koala named Kate is found ALIVE after somehow surviving a huge bushfire that destroyed a forest
A koala named Kate is recovering in a koala hospital's burns unit after miraculously surviving a wild blaze that decimated her forest home. Kate was badly singed when a man, Darrel, stumbled across her on the ash-soaked grounds of Bellangry State Forrest, in Port Macquarie on NSW's mid north coast.Pictures: Bushfires rage across NSWDarrell wrapped the frightened animal in a blanket and rushed her Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie where she was treated for burns to her hands, feet, and face. Wildlife rescuers posted a video of her struggling to move when she was first discovered on Thursday.
The minister wants to see an urgent list of priorities.
"While adding my personal tribute to firefighters and the communities rallying to protect homes and livestock I would also acknowledge the work of wildlife hospitals, veterinarians and volunteers caring for native wildlife," she said.
The Department of Environment and Energy is also in talks with Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, which is currently treating dozens of badly burnt and dehydrated koalas.
The hospital's search and rescue volunteer teams have shared heart-wrenching posts on social media showing the brutal toll the bushfires have had on koalas, and have raised more than $830,000 from online fundraising.
Koalas are listed as vulnerable in Queensland, NSW and the ACT, largely a result of habitat clearing.
Thousands of hectares of koala habitat across northern NSW and southeast Queensland have been destroyed in the recent bushfires.
Weather conditions aided firefighting efforts across NSW on Wednesday but authorities say hot winds will blow in from South Australia in the coming days.
Three more homes have been destroyed in southeast Queensland, as fire crews brace for hot and windy weather.
More than 570 homes have been destroyed in NSW this bushfire season, while 37 homes have been razed in Queensland since the start of September.
'Lewis' the koala rescued from a NSW bushfire has died .
Ellenborough Lewis, a badly burnt koala that was rescued from a NSW bushfire, has been put to sleep after his burns worsened overnight. Lewis received worldwide attention after NSW grandmother Toni Doherty was filmed by a 9News cameraman rushing into burning bushland in Port Macquarie to rescue the marsupial, estimated to be 14 years old."We were there this morning. We are naturally very sad about this, as we were hoping he'd pull through but we accept his injuries were severe and debilitating and would have been quite painful," Peter Doherty told 9News.com.au, speaking on behalf of his wife Toni.
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