Published on : Friday, April 3, 2020
Last year the marsupials were rescued from their bushfire-ravaged habitats and were in the care of zoos and animal hospitals ever since.
On March 31 the 2019/2020 bushfire season officially got over in Australia rescuers started releasing the animals back into the wild.
Infact some of them were even back to the tree where they were found.
Sydney based conservation organisation, Science for Wildlife was the one to release the first.
In the Blue Mountains on March 25 and 27 the non-profit group released 12 of the animals back into their natural habitat.
Last year in December the Koalas were rescued and had been in care of staff at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo.
Dr Kellie Leigh, executive director of Science for Wildlife mentioned that while they have coped well in care, they were delighted to finally send koalas home. They were busy assessing the burnt area that they rescued them from, to establish when the conditions have improved enough that the trees can support them again.
The time was right as the recent rains have helped and there is plenty of new growth for them to eat. They will be radio-tracked and will be monitored closely.
Koalas are also being released in other parts of New South Wales, the state where Sydney is located.
On 2 April staff and volunteers at Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, based four hours’ drive north of Sydney.
In Crowdy Bay (South of Port Macquariethe remaining koalas will be split into three groups and will be released back to their original habitats while others in two