Hi Koala Lovers!
I am Russell Latter, the photographer of the Wet Koala (Jimmy) that went viral on Facebook and world-wide News Feeds in September.
We were all moved by the plight of Jimmy during the floods in South Australia on September 14. Fortunately, with some prompting from me, Jimmy made it to safe ground on his own and no rescue was required.
So, this raises the question - who are the people to call on if you find an injured or sick Koala, or any wildlife for that matter? Sometimes too, wildlife can accidentally get themselves into difficult situations. So who do we call?
Fauna Rescue of South Australia is a not-for-profit, charitable organisation run purely by volunteers. They have the only trained and experienced Koala Rescue Team in South Australia that provides a 24-Hour, 7 day rescue service.
Team members rescue, care for and rehabilitate sick, injured and orphaned Koalas. They are on-call day and night and are people like you and me - juggling this volunteer work around their job and family commitments. There is no time for fundraising to meet the costs of veterinary care, medications, rescue equipment and enclosures for the Koalas in their care.
The Team is also reliant on a small number of Vets who provide no or low-cost treatment however, as there is no 24-Hour wildlife hospital in SA.
The financial costs associated with saving South Australia's Koalas rises into the tens of thousands of dollars each year. Government funding is non existent.
The funds raised here will help with costs such as new enclosures, veterinary supplies and equipment, food supplements and formula. Rescue equipment such as carriers, flagging poles and safety equipment are expensive and regularly need replacing.
If we all put some money together then the financial burden can be lifted off these hard working volunteers who save the lives of South Australia’s Koalas.
Please give what you can. All monies raised will go directly to the Koala Rescue Team at Fauna Rescue of South Australia Inc.
For more information regarding Fauna Rescue SA: http://www.faunarescue.org.au
My family were invited to help the Fauna Rescue volunteers.....
- Marsha Goodman
- Sean Martineau
- Connie Curran
- Pamela Lasselle