Australia Zoo and the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital are passionate about the protection of koalas, and has welcomed the Queensland government's announcement last week, from Andrew Powell (Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection), that it wants to purchase land identified as suitable for the long-term protection of the species. We look forward to seeing how this new koala protection plan will unfold.
"The State Government is committed to the conservation of koalas and delivering this election commitment demonstrates that," Mr Powell said.
"We have allocated $22.5 million over the next three years to buy land and expand koala habitat in areas where their territory is under significant pressure."
Since January 2012, the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital has treated over 504 koalas from south-east Queensland, many from the Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay regions. Urbanisation remains a major threat to Queensland's koala population, for whom being hit by a vehicle is one of the biggest threats, followed closely by injury from domestic cats and dogs.
In 2011, over 7500 native animals were admitted to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital (837 koalas), with up to 65 animals across 11 species are admitted to the hospital on a single day.
If you would like to learn more about the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital and how you can be involved visit www.wildlifewarriors.org.au or check out our Patient of the Week series.
Read the full media release from Andrew Powell: http://www.andrewpowell.com.au/2012/08/14/powell-media-release-wanted-land-to-help-protect-seq-koalas-14-august-2012/