Tragically, Kangaroo Island is now black and smoldering—a grim scene closely resembling a true apocalypse. Burned animal carcasses litter the shoulders of roads that run across the island’s rugged landscape.
In a desperate search to save any surviving island wildlife, animal rescue teams have begun braving the elements to walk in human chains and search tree by tree for life. Please make a lifesaving donation to Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park where your vital contribution will provide these emergency crew members and passionate animal caregivers with the funds they need to collect the surviving wildlife and purchase necessary medical supplies and food to nurse them back to health. Most importantly, your donation will quite possibly save Australia’s remaining koala population from near extinction.
What makes the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park’s lifesaving efforts so vital is that Kangaroo Island is the ONLY PLACE on the planet where the koala population is clean of widespread life-threatening chlamydia disease that has long threatened the koala species. Kangaroo Island was once considered the koala’s “insurance policy” against their extinction, and now 80% of their Kangaroo Island habitat has been decimated by these recent bushfires.
Typically, when bushfires come, koalas intuitively scale up trees and curl into a ball waiting for the fire to pass. However, with recent bushfires being so incredibly intense and long lasting, most koalas have been cremated or have fallen into the fire from heat exhaustion and smoke inhalation. It is feared that nearly 30,000 koalas have perished. But, emergency rescuers are determined to save any and all survivors. On the rare occasion a rescuer finds a surviving animal, it is hailed as a sheer miracle! “We just get out every morning and look for lone survivors,” says rescue worker, Shona Fisher, 59, who has rescued more than 70 koalas alongside her husband since the fires began.
With the forests still smoldering and burnt to a crisp, the fauna is burned as well, so no food remains for any surviving wildlife to eat. So, it’s a race against time to capture surviving wildlife, as most of these animals will still parish as they are forced to endure phase two of the bushfire apocalypse: a slow, lonely and painful death of dehydration and starvation.
Once a surviving animal is found, it is immediately rushed to the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park pop-up tent where emergency crews are waiting to tend to their health and feed them. Veterinary workers tend to survivors with medical equipment which includes IV drip bags, bandages, gauze, monitoring equipment and saucers filled with iodine. Injured koalas line their large tent, nestled in laundry baskets with bandaged paws and badly burned rumps. Thanks to the passionate emergency crews of Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park and their lifesaving efforts, these koalas are still alive!!!
According to local Zoo caregivers, rescued koalas may cost up to thousands of dollars each to be nursed back to health over the course of many months. This is worth every penny to the koala species, because the future fate of koalas literally now hangs in the balance. With so few surviving koalas on the island, each koala in the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park Rescue Tent means so much.
Please make a life-saving donation to Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park where your contribution will directly provide the necessary medical equipment, food, and vital items that these passionate caregivers need to properly nurse Australia’s iconic creatures back to health. Through your generous donation, you will, quite possibly, be saving koalas from near extinction, today.
- Sherry Carr
- Rachel Ooi
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