Growing a brighter future for our koalas
Did you know that koalas are classified as vulnerable in Queensland? Sadly, this means there is a real and significant risk of koalas becoming extinct in our local area.
One of the major threats to our local koala population is the loss of their unique habitat, primarily due to land clearing for housing and agricultural development. The threats to our wild koalas continue to grow and the Wildlife Hospital now treats over 300 wild koalas every year. Yet just 9 years ago the Hospital treated only 28 wild koalas each year!
Koalas are very fussy eaters which also makes them very expensive animals to care for. Many of the koalas we treat are hospitalised for 3-4 months before being released back into the wild, and this comes at a significant cost.
Please help us continue the treatment and care of these beautiful Aussie icons by donating to our Tree to Me Program today. For as little as $10, you can help us continue to plant eucalypt trees in our Plantations, to ensure the koalas being treated at the Hospital receive the best level of care while they are recovering.
As part of your donation you will receive a Certificate, a tax deductible receipt and an invitation to attend a Plantation Open Day, so you can see first-hand the hard work that goes on behind the scenes in caring for our koalas.
Adult Koalas consume up to 1kg of eucalyptus leaves per day – that’s approximately 10% of their body weight! And not just any old leaves – generally they will only consume the fresh and hydrated leaf tips from a small number of eucalypt varieties. It is estimated that to feed 1 koala for 1 year, we need to have 1000 plantation trees to harvest on a continuous rotation!
About Our Plantations:
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary currently manages 4 established Plantations in the local region, and is in the process of establishing a 5th Plantation in order to cater for the ever growing number of sick, injured and orphaned koalas being admitted to the Wildlife Hospital. The Plantations take a lot of time and resources to maintain, and are tended to daily by a small team of Sanctuary staff who cut fresh feed for our koalas every single day.
From Planting to Harvesting:
Eucalypts are very fast growing and hardy native Australian trees that provide food and shelter for an array of native Australian wildlife. The trees usually take around 6 months to propagate in the nursery before they are an adequate size to be transferred to the Plantation. Once planted, they will take 2 to 3 years to be at a height and size large enough to be harvested from.
Unfortunately the Plantation trees have a limited life span due to the fact that they are under constant stress from being cut regularly. In order to keep a healthy and sustainable plantation it is vital to keep a variety of trees at different ages, which means continuous planting is a must. Our target is to plant 2,000 trees every year in each of our Plantations to cater for any old trees that have reduced the harvest amount or are past their life span, and ensure a continuous supply of fresh yummy eucalypt for our koalas.
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