Longleat sending aid to Australia's suffering wildlife

Longleat sending aid to Australia's suffering wildlife

Published by Mike Draper at 5:42am 13th January 2020.

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The Wiltshire safari park is flying two of its dedicated Koala keepers to Australia which is being decimated by bushfires.

Graeme Dick, Head of Animal Adventure at Longleat, has been very moved and distressed by the disaster, and has been speaking about the urgent need to do something:

"This is an absolutely catastrophic situation and Australia's unique wildlife is being particularly hard hit. Recovery will take years and any help and support we can give will be incredibly welcome,"

SCALE OF THE DISASTER

  • A third of Australia's Koala population is estimated to have been wiped out by the ferocious fires seeping across Australia
  • Some experts believe that half a billion animals, including birds, reptiles and other species have now been killed by the blazes
Two Koalas seen sitting in the bush.
Around 30% of Australia's Koala population has been lost in the devastating bushfires.

LONGLEAT JOINING AID EFFORT

WIltshire's Longleat Safari Park has a particularly close association with South Australia and Cleland Wildlife Park and is the only zoological collection in Europe to look after southern koalas.

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That's why Graeme, and his colleague James, who're two of Longleat's dedicated Koala Creek keepers, are heading to South Australia to provide assistance and support to their partners there.

  • Singapore Airlines have provided their flight tickets free of charge
  • Graeme and James will also be taking out an emergency Longleat relief fund of $25,000 AUD
  • The money will support 3 organisations (SAVEM - South Australian Veterinary Emergency Management, Manfred Heide Wombat Rescue / Wombat Hilton and Minton Farm Rescue) to help directly in South Australia

HUGE IMPACT OF BUSHFIRES

We have all been deeply affected by the awful images of the bushfires which are ravaging huge swathes of Australia and devastating wildlife. It can leave us feeling overwhelmed and helpless, however, there are simple things you can do that will really help.

A Koala clings to a tree at Longleat Safari Park.
Longleat has a particularly close association with South Australia and Cleland Wildlife Park.

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP?

Longleat have a special fundraising campaign for Australia here on JustGIving.

This fund will help the ongoing emergency relief funding through selected organisations in South Australia as well as supporting the long-term research and survival of the Koala species through the International Koala Centre of Excellence (IKCE).

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