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Sunday, February 28, 2021

Safe haven for koalas

The development of a new sanctuary in the Hunter Valley could help prevent the dwindling koala population.

Australia has the worst mammal extinction rate in the world, and now, due to bushfires across NSW and Queensland, large numbers of koalas are lost every day.

Conservation organisation Aussie Ark’s answer to this crisis is to create Koala Ark, the world’s first wild koala sanctuary.

The sanctuary will secure a self-sustaining population of koalas to protect their future in a wild environment.

Aussie Ark has obtained 5,750 hectares of wilderness, including preferred koala habitat at Barrington Tops, in a bid to create an area free from predators and disease and protect the population from fires.

The Ark is seeking donations towards this vital sanctuary and hopes to raise $369,000 to build a safe and secure environment.

About $40,000 will be spent on field surveys, $122,000 on fire management and equipment, $27,000 on weed management and site rehabilitation, and $180,000 will purchase and install protective fencing.

Go to gofundme.com/f/help-build-koala-ark to donate or for more information.

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