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Saving the Koala

Koalas are facing extinction and need your support!

Aussie Ark is an established conservation organisation that has delivered results through species and habitat recovery for a range of Australia's most endangered. Building on those successes Aussie Ark's answer to the koala crisis is Koala Ark - the world’s first & largest WILD koala sanctuary.

The Problem

Australia is in crisis. Our nation has the WORST mammal extinction rate in the world. We have lost more species than any other nation on earth, and are now losing our unique wildlife, and in particular our iconic Koalas in mass numbers each and every day to catastrophic wildfires.

The level of support given to our injured wildlife and frontline heroes has been overwhelming. Last week the world watched as ‘Lewis’ the Koala was saved from a bushfire, sadly to lose his battle a week later. Lewis’ story is distressing. Now, more than ever we need to recognise that there are thousands of lewis' out there. We need to secure a future before they suffer the same fate as Lewis. Protecting critical remnant koala habitat is key to delivering this. That is where Aussie Ark comes in! 

We need to act now to save what is left.

Prior to the current fires, over 90% of Koala habitat had already been lost with the remaining 10% being fragmented and vulnerable to intense bushfire. Fires have an ability to decimate remaining populations within only days and it is frightening how little could be left today. 

Koala numbers are falling throughout most of their natural range. Their decline is mostly due to wide-spread habitat destruction, bushfire and disease. Land clearing resulting in habitat loss is the single biggest threat, reiterating the critical need for the protection of remanent habitat. The species also face threats of habitat fragmentation due to a lack of habitat corridors, dog attack, and road strike.

We need to act now and create safe havens for our irreplaceable wildlife.

The Solution

Koala Ark will secure a self-sustaining population of Koalas and protect their long-term future in a wild environment.

Aussie Ark has a vision of building a population to an effective size of 500 – 1,750. We have secured 5,750 hectares of wilderness including preferred Koala Habitat, in the spectacular Barrington Tops of New South Wales. Koala Ark will protect this habitat and manage it to benefit our remaining Koalas. Koala Ark will also be made available through the correct processes for injured and displaced Koalas to call home.

Koala Ark is also a part of larger broad-scale project, Aussie Ark, benefiting 7 other threatened keystone species including the Brush-tail rock wallaby, Eastern quoll, Tasmanian devil, Long-nosed potoroos, Parma wallaby, Southern Brown Bandicoot, and Manning River turtle. There are also over 849 additional mammals, reptiles, birds and plant species that will benefit from the proactive management and protection that Koala Ark offers. 

How will the funds be spent?

Who are we?

Aussie Ark is NSW’s largest independently owned and operated conservation organisation and is home to seven keystone species once found in the Barrington Tops of NSW. Aussie Ark is an incorporated association and registered charity, with gift recipient status. Aussie Ark is located deep in the wet temperate forests of southeast Australia, and the globally significant bioregion of the Barrington Tops region of NSW, the region holds over 20% of all Australian vertebrate species. The location is dominated by mountain ash forest, and significant to both the flora and fauna that call it home. The area is topographically diverse and complex with altitudinal ranges from 200m rising to 1100m, with rugged remnant wet temperate forest, and ecological communities ranging from subalpine to sub-tropical rainforests.

Already Delivered Conservation Successes

World class facilities for:                    Investment ($)
Brush-tail Rock-wallaby                       $150,000
Manning River Turtles                           $110,000
Tasmanian devils                                       $1,500,000
Eastern quolls                                             $60,000
Eco-engineers                                            $150,000
31Km Predator Proof Fencing         $4,500,000
400Ha Barrington Sanctuary           $1,200,000

Aussie Ark is a conservation organisation, not a research facility, and is focussed on delivering long-term outcomes for Australia’s threatened species.

Aussie Ark protected sanctuary pictured below on the right. 

Which side of the fence would you rather be on? 


  • Tamara Shelp
    • $80 
    • 4 yrs


Aussie Ark
New South Wales

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