Qlders rally to give $70,000 paw-up to koalas

In just a month, RACQ’s fundraising drive for Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital’s Koala Intensive Care Unit (KICU) has raised $72,731.

Photo credit: Australia Zoo

RACQ Acting Group CEO Glenn Toms said the Club was proud to support such a worthy cause, especially after a challenging trauma season. 

“It was devastating to see the impact bushfires, drought and flooding have had on our native wildlife in Queensland and throughout the country,” Mr Toms said.

“These challenging conditions have coincided with trauma season, which makes this fundraiser even more vital for Australia Zoo’s Wildlife Hospital and its specialist KICU. 

“This money will now go towards future-proofing our native wildlife population against further challenges.”

The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital was the busiest in the country, treating more than 800 koalas from Queensland and northern New South Wales each year. 

Director of Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, Dr Rosie Booth, said the Hospital had seen a worrying increase in patient numbers as a result of severe weather conditions. 

“The scary truth is that we may never know the full extent that the drought and these fires have had on our wildlife, and some species may never recover,” Dr Booth said.

“The recent bushfires have added to the existing pressures, animals have presented with smoke inhalation, starvation, burns but most of all animals have been impacted by the prolonged drought.

“We are so grateful for the support of RACQ and its members contributing to our efforts to assist hundreds of koalas that desperately need our help.”