KOALA protection and Queensland conservation success stories like the recent birth of a rare northern hairy-nosed wombat, are being celebrated as part of this year’s National Threatened Species Day.
Minister for Environment Leeanne Enoch said a $45,000 donation from the state goernment had allowed the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation to build nine new transportable koala enclosures.
The enclosures increase the capacity of the hospital to care for sick and injured koalas, and allow koala carers to rehabilitate koalas on site and limit the need to transport them to other locations.
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Speaking on the Gold Coast, Ms Enoch said National Threatened Species Day was a chance to acknowledge the positive work being done to protect our wildlife, while continuing to raise awareness.
“We have to work together to protect Queensland’s threatened animals and plants,” Ms Enoch said.
“From maintaining habitat and food sources to encouraging breeding among species, our work now will go on to shape our state’s ecosystem in the future – one I want to see preserved for generations to come.
“Koala protection sits at the heart of the Palaszczuk Government’s conservation efforts, which is why we’re here on the Gold Coast spreading this message.
“We’re making strong progress with our South-East Queensland Koala Conservation Strategy and will continue to back the vital work of those on the frontline, such as Currumbin Wildlife Hospital.”
The Currumbin Wildlife Hospital has been caring for sick, injured and orphaned wildlife since 1989, and now treats thousands of wild animal patients every year.
Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Senior Vet, Dr Michael Pyne said the ever growing admissions of sick and injured koalas has put a tremendous strain on the centre.
Mr Pyne said the new transportable enclosures will allow a number of recovering koalas to be treated as outpatients and cared for by skilled wildlife volunteers offsite.
“As a charitable organisation, Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation greatly appreciates the assistance from the State Government to help care for koalas,” he said.
Ms Enoch said the Palaszczuk Government was moving on its strategy to protect koalas.
“Koalas are an iconic species of both national and international importance and the Palaszczuk Government is taking action to ensure they are protected,” she said.
“We have implemented strong vegetation management laws and we are developing a new south-east Queensland Koala Conservation Strategy.
“We are also in the final stages of establishing the Koala Advisory Council, which was one of the recommendations in the final report of the Koala Expert Panel, which was released earlier this year.”
Dr Pyne said the recommendations of the Koala Expert Panel were crucial to conservation efforts in Queensland.
“Koala admissions into Currumbin Wildlife Hospital continue to grow year after year,” Dr Pyne said.