The Koala Crisis – How You Can Help

Once idyllic lush scenery, native bushland, and treasured homes are fast burning into apocalyptic wastelands with Queensland and New South Wales suffering unparalleled fire emergencies over the past month and reaching catastrophic-level last week. Sadly three human lives have been lost and over 150 homes destroyed, and counting… the crisis isn’t over yet. .

To top it off, as the fires have ravaged our country, Monday, November 11th was the driest day in Australian weather recording history (some 137 years) where aside from a small amount in Tasmania, the remainder of the country had zero rainfall. Embers can travel up to 20-30 kms causing more spot fires, showing just how damaging, easily widespread and uncontrollable this wind-driven fire front can be.

In bushfires, no one suffers more than the furry residents at the top of a tree. Koalas call the Eucalyptus home, which dangerously happens to be one of the most flammable trees, posing huge threats to their community. One of the fifteen major New South Wales fires at Lake Innes Nature Reserve already ravaged through two-thirds of the 500-600 strong koala residents’ home last month, with over 350 estimated dead by Koala Conservation Australia. This equates to 0.5% of the entire species incinerated within just a few hours. With such a devastatingly huge loss in such a short space of time, it’s a worrying battle for our koala population, given their incredibly slow breeding rates.

 

“We’re losing the battle to keep the population because we’re losing them at a much faster rate than they’re breeding,” Sue Ashton, Koala Conservation Australia president, told SBS – The Feed.

Along with slow breeding, add a triple combo of increasing deforestation, warmer weather through climate changes, and bushfires destroying their only food source (leaves), there are deep concerns Australia’s rapidly declining koala population could be extinct in the wild by 2050.

HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP…

I recently travelled to local animal hospitals in QLD/NSW to deliver vital veterinary medical supplies that are now in short supply, where they are needed the most. This was possible because of your generous donations so far. If you would still like to help you can donate here so we can buy and deliver more medication,  bandages, burn cream etc that they so desperately need.

 

"It is impossible to estimate the number of native animals that have already been killed or how many more will be lost in the fires, or to predict the impact that this additional loss of habitat on top of the drought will have on wild populations," – WIRES.

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Dr Alex Hynes

Dr Alex Hynes

Veterinarian, Author and Educator with an extraordinary passion for animals, life and veterinary work both as the hospital director of one of Australia’s busiest emergency pet hospitals, Animal Emergency Service in Australia, and as an entrepreneur and media personality.

Dr Alex Hynes

Dr Alex Hynes

Veterinarian, Author and Educator with an extraordinary passion for animals, life and veterinary work both as the hospital director of one of Australia’s busiest emergency pet hospitals, Animal Emergency Service in Australia, and as an entrepreneur and media personality.

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