Thanks to the kindness of people across the Australian and even international community, an incredible amount of money has been raised to help save our koalas, injured in the NSW bushfires.
The GoFundMe fundraising page set up by the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital to help raise much needed funds to save our wildlife has soared over $1 Million, sitting at $1,128,350 at the time of writing.
This amount has surpassed the initial goal of the fundraiser, which was set at $25,000.
The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital wrote on the page that they have been “overwhelmed by the kindness, good wishes and support from the Australian and international community for the wildlife icon, the koala.
The koala hospital not only searches for the koalas in the wreckage left by the fires, along with National Parks and Wildlife Service crew leaders, but they then treat the koalas and help nurse them back to health.
The money raised is also set to go towards building automatic drinking stations in fire affected areas to help our wildlife survive.
But with funds reach way above the goal, they are now able to extend their work and build more drinking stations than originally planned and even being a breeding program.
“Donations have now reached an incredible amount and we are extending the project to establish a wild koala breeding program,” the hospital said on the GoFundMe page.
This comes after it is believed that as many as 350 koalas have perished in the devastating fires.
“Some of the funds raise through the Go Fund Me site will be directed to building a ‘Koala Ark’, a facility to allow the surviving koalas to be accommodated in a healthy habitat area,” they continued.
“Hopefully, these koalas will breed and a new population of koalas will be established for return to the wild.”
Almost 60 bushfires are still burning across NSW with widespread very high fire danger set to continue across the state.
While there are no total fire bans in place for Friday the NSW RFS tweeted a warning that warm weather is set to continue.
The RFS announced on Thursday that 612 homes had so far been lost in the state’s devastating bushfires.
Five hundred and three of those homes were destroyed in the past fortnight alone.
The fires have also claimed six lives.