Adelaide Koala Rescue - Bushfire Appeal

ADELAIDE KOALA RESCUE LIMITED (AKR) operated the largest-scale rescue of koalas from the Adelaide Hills bushfire zone earlier this year. When the bushfire hit just before Christmas AKR was inundated with calls from Hills residents and emergency services needing help for koalas and other wildlife with burns and other injuries.

Due to a lack of other resources, it was necessary for AKR to quickly establish and self-fund a temporary koala triage facility at the Paradise Primary School gym. Within weeks up to 120 koalas were being treated at any one time. More than 300 volunteers were recruited including over 80 veterinary professionals and the site became more like a field hospital.

AKR has rescued and treated more than 500 koalas since mid-December.  We continue to rescue more than 50 koalas each month that require treatment and rehabilitation. AKR still has a large number of bushfire impacted koalas in care including some that have only recently completed treatment. Many have been released but others need to remain in our purpose-built outdoor facilities until their fire-ravaged homes have recovered.

Due to bushfire victims requiring ongoing care and the ongoing influx of rescues it was necessary to establish the AKR Clinic. Our Wildlife Rehabilitation Facility currently based at Campbelltown is like no other service offered for koalas in South Australia. AKR is research focused providing evidence-based treatment - we are actively involved in crucial post-bushfire scientific research that will help save koalas in the future.

AKR is a not for profit organisation and registered Australian charity providing a free 24/7 wildlife rescue service to the South Australian community 365 days of the year. The cost of saving SA's koalas is funded by our charity and we need your support.

Your donation will help pay for:

- Veterinary bills including medication, laboratory testing and x-rays
- Formula and nutritional supplements for handraised joeys and koalas in rehab
- Essential equipment such as transport carriers and rescue poles
- Essential veterinary supplies including bandages and other burns dressings
- Essential veterinary equipment such as ultrasound, ICU units and medical oxygen
- Materials for outdoor enclosures including fencing and roofing

Your support means we can continue saving SA's koalas. Thank you in advance for your help.

Jane Brister
Founder & Director
Adelaide Koala Rescue Limited

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