In the recent Australian bushfires, there has been massive losses of native Australian animals, and in particular the beloved Australian Koala.
It is estimated that over 50 000 koalas have been killed, 25 000 coming from Kangaroo Island alone. This number is expected to rise, as many koalas that were not killed in the fire will soon die from starvation due to the lack of foliage.
At Elka Australia, koalas hold a special place in our hearts, so we have made the commitment to donate $3.00 from the sale of our Bandaged Jarrah koala to the Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie, NSW.
Port Macquarie Koala Hospital in particular is a primarily volunteer-run organisation, with injured koalas from all over NSW being sent there for specialised treatment.
Here is a statement from the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital;
“The public’s overwhelming response allowed the program to be expanded to start a Wild Koala Breeding Program. The wild koala population in NSW has been decimated and we are investigating the establishment of three breeding areas, all controlled and genetically managed to ensure the ongoing survival of healthy wild koalas.
We have identified an area for the first breeding program and are in final negotiations on obtaining a lease for the area. We are expecting to announce this site in about two weeks.
We are also searching for land suitable for two more breeding sites. If we find suitable locations, we will hold a special meeting of members to ask permission to use the funds raised by the Go Fund Me account, to purchase land which will be held in perpetuity for wild koalas, and wild koala breeding.”
Additionally, the money raised is being used to place 800 watering stations for other native fauna in areas where the need is greatest.
We hope that, with your help, we will fund some of their tireless work, aiding many of Australia's most iconic and beloved native animals.
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