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Please Support Our Conservation Programs.
Four of our five koala study populations were burnt in the massive bushfires in December 2019 and January 2020. We’ve lost potentially thousands of koalas in an area of National significance, and millions of other animals. .
It’s never been more urgent to conserve our wildlife. We’re applying the best science and technology to the challenges that face our wildlife, and working together with communities and land managers across private and public land to ensure that on-ground conservation actions are sustainable.
We rescued 12 koalas ahead of bushfires in the Blue Mountains, and released them back into the wild once it was safe. Now they have settled back in, we need to monitor them long-term to understand how koalas use the landscape after fire. That will tell us where else to look for survivors.
After months of emergency response work including search and rescue, and deployment of food and water stations (read more here), we’re now starting on the long road to koala population recovery. We’re undertaking surveys to map survivors and find fire refugia for koalas and other species, and we’re working at local, state and federal government level to inform policy.
We expect more intense and frequent fires under climate change, so we need to prepare and change how we manage wildlife and their habitats in the face of this catastrophic threat.
To learn more about the unique and special koalas that occupy the vast Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area check out our Project Page
On behalf of our wildlife, we say thank you!
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