Give a few dol­lars to help koalas

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS -

CUR­RUMBIN Wildlife Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion is call­ing on the com­mu­nity to spare a few dol­lars to help in­jured koalas this win­ter.

Michael Pyne, se­nior vet at the hos­pi­tal, said koala admissions had in­creased ex­po­nen­tially in the past 10 years.

“In 2008 we ad­mit­ted 28 koalas and in 2017 we ad­mit­ted 461,” Dr Pyne said.

“A big part of that is the disease that’s af­fect­ing a lot of our koala pop­u­la­tion. Sadly, chlamy­dia is a huge, huge prob­lem and 80 per cent of koalas who are ad­mit­ted into our hos­pi­tal have chlamy­dia.”

Dr Pyne said the hos­pi­tal was work­ing closely with lo­cal uni­ver­si­ties in de­vel­op­ing and rolling out a vac­cine for chlamy­dia.

Do­na­tions to the hos­pi­tal foun­da­tion of $2 or more are tax de­ductible. Visit www.cur­rumbin­wildlife hos­pi­ to do­nate.

HELP: Sup­port­ing koalas.

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