Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is announcing the establishment of 15,000 gum trees and a purpose built koala gum shed. This project was made possible thanks to the Queensland State Governments Koala Rescue and Rehabilitation Grant and generous donations from Seqwater and Boral.
Koalas in South East Qld have been declared a vulnerable species. Currumbin Wildlife Hospital admits over 300 sick, injured and orphaned koala patients each year. A growing number of koalas are falling victim to disease, habitat loss, vehicle hits and dog attacks resulting in more koalas requiring veterinary attention.
It takes over 1000 gum trees to feed just one koala for one year and sick koalas are very fussy so they require a large variety of soft, fresh gum each day. This project will help Currumbin Wildlife Hospital to continue saving our wild koalas well into the future.
Seqwater Chief Executive Officer Peter Dennis said the bulk water authority was proud to partner with Currumbin Wildlife Hospital and the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection to help improve the conservation and protection of koalas.
“At Seqwater, we consider our koala populations in everything we do – from reporting sightings, to offsetting land for plantations and habitat enhancement, to returning rehabilitated koalas to their natural habitat,” Mr Dennis said.
Seqwater has established five large gum plantations across South East Queensland which serves animal rescue facilities such as Currumbin Wildlife Hospital. “A five hectare gum plantation at the eastern tip of the Hinze Dam reaches and new fodder storage shed has provided vital food for recovering koalas,” Mr Dennis said.
Boral Construction Materials became a sponsor with Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary in 2013 and has supplied concrete for the Koala Gum Shed, as well as for previous projects such as the Koala Recovery Enclosure, the Bristlebird Aviaries and the Walk through Parrot Aviary.
Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation is also proudly launching a new program, “Tree to Me”, in support of the Wildlife Hospital. For as little as $10, community members and businesses are encouraged to donate to help us plant more eucalypt trees in our gum plantations and continue feeding our precious koalas. Donors will be invited to a Plantation Open Day so they can see first-hand how their donation is supporting our koalas.
Senior Vet, Dr Michael Pyne commented that, “Currumbin Wildlife Hospital has just had its busiest month of koala admissions, admitting 39 sick and injured koalas in July. To cope with the ever growing number of koala patients the Wildlife Hospital Foundation is launching the “Tree to Me” program allowing people to donate a gum tree that will help feed our hospitalised koalas. This is a great way to help ensure the future of our wild koalas.”
“At Currumbin Wildlife Hospital we are currently treating a koala that was sadly hit by a car. Crystal is making a good recovery and will be released shortly back to the wild”.
What: Photo Opportunity with koala and interview with senior vet, Michael Pyne in front of the Koala Gum Shed.
When: Friday 12/8/2016
Where: Currumbin Wildlife Hospital – Millers Drive
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