Pineapple resting up at the Koala Care Centre.
Pineapple resting up at the Koala Care Centre.

Koala carers needed

Pineapple is a healthy young male koala who was hit by a car on the Bruxner Highway near the Pineapple Road intersection on New Year’s Eve. He broke his collar bone and was bleeding internally, but prompt action getting him to a vet helped and he is being looked after by Friends of the Koala. When he is released, Pineapple will be fitted with a radio collar as part of an urban tracking operation being conducted with Southern Cross University.

In the six months from July to December last year the Koala Care Centre received 385 calls, which resulted in 185 koalas being brought into care.

FOK is in need of more carers and will be holding a basic training course on Saturday, February 27. Topics will include koala behaviour and ecology, an overview of Friends of the Koalas’ conservation effort, assessment, rescue and immediate care, leaf collection, and an introduction to the Koala Care Centre.

“There has never been more urgent need for trained and experienced koala rescuers, carers, advocates, and educators,” president Lorraine Vass said. “Directly or indirectly, each and every one of us can do something to assist the survival of our precious koalas. Friends of the Koala provide the perfect organisational framework for those people who want to help but are not sure how they can contribute.”

Care Co-ordinator Barb Dobner said being involved doesn’t necessarily mean being on call 24 hours a day.

“There is a wide range of other activities in which volunteers can become involved...The Koala Care Centre we operate in Lismore provides an opportunity for people wanting to work directly with koalas to do so on a rostered, team basis.”

Bookings for the Basic Training course are essential. For more information and to register phone

6622 1233 or email info@friendsof

thekoala.org.


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