The Wildlife Land Trust has been growing steadily with six new members joining our ranks this February! Among our newest arrivals is Karawatha, a riverside sanctuary in Lithgow that provides habitat for greater gliders, red-tailed black cockatoos and pythons!

With 790 sanctuaries spanning over 79,000 hectares in Australia, the WLT is making enormous change for native species across a wide range of habitats. 

 

Koala Conservation

Koalas on the east coast have been officially uplisted to Endangered after a joint nomination by HSI, WWF and IFAW. Landclearing and catastrophic bushfires are two of the major causes for their decline, and more must be done to protect koala forests from further destruction. 

Though this significant drop in koala populations is devastating, the uplisting will help to increase protections for koalas and their habitats, and sends a clear message to governments to halt this decline. Thank you to all of you who signed petitions, wrote letters and donated to this cause!

Learn more here: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/feb/11/koala-listed-as-endangered-after-australian-governments-fail-to-halt-its-decline

Western Australian Fires

Western Australia’s south was hit by intense bushfires this month, damaging homes and farms and destroying over 60,000 hectares of native habitat. The severity of the fires mean that many animals have been injured or orphaned, and still more are in desperate need of food and water. 

Humane Society International’s emergency response program has already helped wildlife carers in burnt areas with medication for burned animals, generators to keep shelters running and food for displaced wildlife.

Thank you to all WLT members who are helping wildlife during this difficult time, and a reminder that our funding is still open for fire-affected regions!

NSW and QLD floods

Wild weather in Queensland’s south and northern New South Wales have caused devastating floods and storm damage, impacting many WLT sanctuaries over the past week. Many native species will be displaced or stranded by the floodwaters, and flooded wildlife shelters will need a lot of clean-up and repair work in the aftermath. 

Our emergency response program is up and running with funding available for wildlife rescue or care expenses in flood-affected regions.

If you’re in need of assistance, contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or head to our website to apply for funding: https://www.wildlifelandtrust.org.au/resources/emergency-support