Friday, December 18, 2015
Koala Population to Enjoy a Safety Net As Funding Campaign Exceeds Its Goal
Koala Clancy Foundation's crowdfunded 'safety net' meets its target with a donation from Goway Travel.
Koalas in Australia’s fragile You Yangs region will enjoy an extra conservation ‘safety net’ after a highly successful crowdfunding campaign.
Organised by the Koala Clancy Foundation, The Clancy Safety Net, named for the Foundation’s star marsupial. Koala Clancy has been under the watchful eye of Echidna Walkabout Wildlife Guides & Researchers since he was born. But a life-threatening injury hospitalised Clancy in January, and the costs of safe capture, vet bills, and resettlement led the Koala Clancy Foundation to recognise the need for a safety net to assist the region’s threatened koalas in the future.
Since the call went out last week, the generous response from donors has exceeded expectations. Downunder experts Goway Travel, who offer safari tours to Victoria’s You Yangs on many of theirAustralia Vacation Packages, was among the donors, pushing the total past the initial target of $2700. With Clancy’s rescue bills covered, the extra funds will go into tree planting projects in the rivers and creeks around the You Yangs, ensuring the future koala population enjoys a safe haven well into the future, particularly in the hotter months.
Located in a mountainous area just outside Melbourne, the You Yangs are well known for their wild koala population and abundant eucalyptus forests. They are also a popular spot for tourists and day trippers hoping to spot Australia’s cutest native icon in the wild. However, the region is susceptible to Victoria’s hot, dry summers, which can make water scarce, and fuel fearsome bushfires.
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