The Koala Conservation Reserve’s pen refurbishment project, funded by The Penguin Foundation, commenced on the 25th of August. The old infrastructure including railings, perching and feed stations were all removed from the pens and replaced with new cypress pine railings. The new design is built to accommodate sick, injured and orphaned koalas by linking existing habitat with supplement feed stations. The new design has raised entry points that allow for easy access to service enclosures and monitor koalas. The railings are designed to provide enough space for multiple feed station points and perches to assist with koala husbandry requirements. Rangers are in the process of fitting feed stations and perching. Perching is sourced from the Koala Conservation Reserve plantations. Koala volunteers will be utilised to finalise the project with a planting and interpretation day.
Pen A currently contains a wild male koala undergoing rehabilitation, railings will be finalised once he departs in the coming weeks.
All of this impactful work to support Koalas to be rehabilitated and to thrive was made possible by the generosity of Maxine Porter (nee Hobson). Maxine hoped a gift in her will could go towards helping Koalas living at the Koala Conservation Reserve and we are so pleased to have seen this wish come to fruition. Her contribution will have a meaningful and tangible impact on wildlife rehabilitation, conservation, habitat preservation and restoration on Phillip Island (Millowl). The Foundation would like to share our sincere thanks to Maxine and her family for their passion for conservation.
Please support rehabilitation efforts for koalas and ensure they continue to thrive, by symbolically adopting a Koala today: www.penguinfoundation.org.au/adopt