SYDNEY - The first koala to be admitted from Australia’s bushfires in October 2019 has been released back to its original habitat.
Staff and volunteers at Port Macquarie Koala Hospital in New South Wales have released Anwen - one of 26 koalas that will be released over the next few days, with their habitats having recovered much earlier than expected due to significant rainfall in the area.
Phillipa Harrison, managing director of Tourism Australia said, “While we are all facing difficult and uncertain times, this incredible story of hope serves as a reminder of the resilience of our incredible flora and fauna and people.
“We know many travellers around the world have had to put their Australian holiday plans on hold until it is safe to travel again. Until then, keep dreaming and plan to visit our incredible wildlife once it's safe to do so.”
Staff and volunteers at the Koala Hospital treated 49 injured koalas which were rescued from burnt areas
Sue Ashton, president of Port Macquarie Koala Hospital said, “This is a heart-warming day for us – to be able to release so many of our koalas back to their original habitats, even to their original tree in some cases – makes us very happy.”
As the Covid-19 virus continues to spread around the world, the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital is currently closed to visitors.
However, you can still adopt a koala in support, as staff continue to care for koalas in the sanctuary - www.koalahospital.org.au.