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Posted on 31/01/2020 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

Phillip Island’s koalas pitch in to raise money


Phillip Island Nature Parks is continuing to support the rescue and care efforts of fire-affected wildlife by donating $1 for every person who visits the Koala Conservation Reserve during the month of February to Wildlife Victoria.

“Phillip Island has been so fortunate to escape any impact from the bushfires, and this is a great way for our visitors to feel like they are contributing directly to the wildlife care and recovery efforts, simply by coming to visit the Koala Conservation Reserve,” said Jessica McKelson, Phillip Island Nature Parks’ Conservation Manager.

“We’ve seen the terrible plight of koalas that have been injured or killed as a result of these bushfires, so it seemed really fitting for us to find a way to make a donation on behalf of our visitors, many of whom have told us they’re really keen to help somehow.”

Starting on Saturday 1 Feb, and for the entire month of February, for every visitor to the Koala Conservation Reserve on Phillip Island, the Nature Parks will be donating $1 to Wildlife Victoria to assist in the ongoing care of fire-affected wildlife.

“We are so pleased to be able to support our neighbours by providing some financial assistance, but we’ve also been really busy on the ground with some of our wildlife care specialists assisting the wildlife rescue and recovery efforts being coordinated by DELWP and Zoos Victoria in East Gippsland,”

The first of Nature Parks’ dedicated team has just returned from a 5 day stint as Wildlife Coordinator at the Incident Control Centre for the Snowy Complex fires in Orbost, and another team member has just completed a week in Mallacoota in the Wildlife Triage Centre.

To date the Nature Parks has accommodated 4 injured koalas in purpose built pens at the Koala Reserve, for them to complete their post-intensive care recovery. These pens are quarantined from the rest of the koala population, and away from the public viewing areas so the koalas can enjoy peace, quiet and plenty of space during their recuperation.

“Come on down during February and stroll along the raised boardwalks to see up-close the furry residents at the Koala Conservation Reserve, knowing that $1 for every visitor will be donated to Wildlife Victoria to continue supporting the care and recovery of wildlife affected by these devastating bushfires.”


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