Posted on 13/02/2020 by Phillip Island Nature Parks
Leafy home for bushfire affected koalas
Phillip Island Nature Parks is providing much needed sanctuary to aid in the recovery and rehabilitation of four bushfire affected koalas at their Koala Conservation Reserve.
The koalas were brought to the Reserve after receiving intensive care at Healesville Sanctuary as part of wildlife recovery efforts being coordinated by DELWP (Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning) and Zoos Victoria in fire-affected East Gippsland.
“They are being given the space, care and attention they need at this time and are responding well to their new temporary home,” said Jessica McKelson, Phillip Island Nature Parks’ Conservation Manager.
The male koala, known as Leafy, was one of the first koalas rescued from the fires, and he is now climbing, building muscular strength and eating well. The three females; Blinky, Trip and Solo, are also responding well to their care and new surroundings. They no longer require bandages or medication and are free from infection, but still need special care to assist their recovery.
The koalas are being housed in purpose-built pens, well away from the public viewing areas and other koalas to ensure no disturbance or transfer of the disease Chlamydia. Rangers are providing them with a daily diet of high-quality leaves sourced from the on-site eucalypt plantation.
“We are dedicated to providing the attention, space and first-class facilities these koalas need to fully recover whilst ensuring they remain as wild animals so we can achieve our ultimate goal of releasing them back into the wild under DELWP’s direction.”
“Phillip Island Nature Parks is committed to the koalas in our care for as long as is needed. We are currently building more recovery pens at the Koala Conservation Reserve; we stand ready to receive more koalas if required; and we are proud to be working in partnership with DELWP and Zoos Victoria on this joint initiative for wildlife.”
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