Due to a lack of other resources, it was necessary for AKR to quickly establish and self-fund a temporary koala triage facility in a primary school gym at Paradise. Within weeks up to 120 koalas were being treated at any one time and more than 300 koalas and other wildlife were rescued. More than 300 volunteers were recruited including over 80 veterinary professionals and the site became more like a field hospital.
Throughout last year AKR continued to rescue around 50 koalas each month requiring treatment and rehabilitation mostly due to road trauma, dog attack and illness. AKR relocated to a temporary facility at Campbelltown in the north-eastern suburbs of Adelaide and established a wildlife rehabilitation facility. We spent much of last year desperately trying to find a new and permanent home for our essential operation and service which was hindered by the Covid-19 crisis among other challenges.
The bushfire was the catalyst for the organisation AKR has become. Even before the bushfire it was apparent that the model for koala rescue and rehabilitation for us had to change. The old model of having individual wildlife carers operating from home was no longer viable or efficient in treating the volume of animals needing help. Becoming a wildlife rehabilitation facility was a step in the right direction as centralised operations made for better coordination of rescue and treatment of wildlife and improved animal welfare standards.
In 2021 AKR is taking another big leap forward by establishing it's own veterinary clinic. We have secured a long-term lease on an amazing 90 acre property at Lenswood in the Adelaide Hills where among other things we are establishing a native plant nursery and sanctuary. The generous donations from people like you are enabling AKR to build and develop a wildlife rescue, treatment, rehabilitation and research facility that will service the Adelaide Hills and metropolitan area even better than before. We welcome any of our supporters to visit our facility in the near future to see first hand how your donations have been invested.
AKR's new home and your donations will enable us to fulfill our vision of establishing a dedicated facility to help koalas and other wildlife both during natural disasters like bushfires and every other day throughout the year. There is and will be no other comparable service in South Australia. AKR is research focused providing evidence-based treatment - we are actively involved in crucial post-bushfire research that will help save koalas in the future.
AKR is a not for profit organisation and registered Australian charity providing a free 24/7 wildlife rescue service to the South Australian community 365 days of the year. The cost of saving SA's koalas is funded by our charity and we need your support.
Your donation will help pay for:
- Veterinary expenses including medication, laboratory testing and x-rays
- Formula and nutritional supplements for handraised joeys and koalas in rehab
- Rescue and recovery equipment
- Materials for outdoor enclosures including fencing and roofing
Your support means we can continue saving SA's koalas. Thank you in advance for your help.
AKR Founder & Director
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