The Blue Mountains World Heritage Region, located in New South Wales, Australia, is home to the most genetically diverse population of koalas in the country—a group critical for the survival of the species. Due to the severe brush fires sweeping the region, habitats have been impacted or destroyed, and koalas that have survived grapple with dehydration and starvation. The immediate need is providing water and food for the surviving animals.
Water is being driven into the site and carried into key areas of habitat where wildlife is likely to find shelter. It’s anticipated that researchers and volunteers will have to provide water for several months.
San Diego Zoo Global is committing to providing resources to help conservation partners and researchers recover the species.
San Diego Zoo Global, the conservation organization that operates the San Diego Zoo, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and the Institute for Conservation Research, has devoted over 100 years of work in support of wildlife. That work includes reintroducing sustainable populations of endangered species back into their native habitats.
San Diego Zoo Global seeks the most pressing challenges facing wildlife, while forming global partnerships and applying the latest advances in science and technology in the fight to end extinction.
If you would like to help koalas in Australia, we recommend you donate directly to the conservation efforts of San Diego Zoo Global by visiting EndExtinction.org/Help.