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An Australian koala hospital on Friday raised over $1 million to rescue and treat koalas injured in Australia’s devastating wildfires.
Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, an animal rehabilitation center located along the Australian coastline north of Sydney, created a GoFundMe page in October and far surpassed its initial fundraising goal of $25,000.
“From the comments received, everyone wants to see the survival of this special animal,” the campaign’s organizers wrote.
Bushfires in Australia are very common, particularly in the hotter spring and summer months, though scientists have said that Australia’s fire season is beginning earlier and becoming more extreme as a result of climate change.

An Australian koala hospital on Friday raised over $1 million in order to save and rehabilitate animals injured in Australia’s devastating bushfires that continue to rage across the country.

Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, an animal rehabilitation center located along the Australian coastline north of Sydney, created a GoFundMe page called “Help Thirsty Koalas Devastated by Recent Fires.”

The fundraising page featured pictures of injured koalas who were receiving treatment at the Port Macquarie facilities. The hospital far surprised its initial fundraising goal of $25,000, raising $1.1 million as of 12 p.m. Friday local time.

“The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital has been overwhelmed by the kindness, good wishes and support from the Australian and international community for the wildlife icon, the koala,” the campaign organizers wrote.

The team said it spent weeks searching for koalas in the Port Macquarie area, which was devastated by bushfires in recent weeks that killed at least 350 of the critically endangered animal. The area ravaged by the blaze was considered to be prime breeding habit for koalas, who are very slow breeders that some experts predict could take decades to recover from.

The koala is currently listed as “vulnerable” by Australia’s Environment Ministry, and experts at the Australian Koala Foundation announced in May that they believe no more than 80,000 koalas are left on the continent and are considered to be “functionally extinct.”

According to the hospital, 31 koalas have been brought to the hospital from several fire grounds to date. The teams rehydrate the koalas and examine and treat their burns before they are rehabilitated.

The hospital said its initial goal was to raise money to create automatic drinking stations for koalas and other endangered wildfire to access in burnt areas. The large influx of donations helped …read more

Source:: Business Insider

      

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An Australian koala hospital raised more than $1 million to help rescue native animals injured in the devastating wildfires roaring across the country

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