Koala Sanctuary calls for local Koala Crusaders

One of our local koalas. Photo: Marian Sampson.

THE Port Stephens Koala Hospital cares for koalas from the Port Stephens and Myall Coast regions as well as from further afield when there is an animal in need.

Just in time for Christmas gifting, the Port Stephens Council operated Port Stephens Koala Sanctuary, which houses the Koala Hospital, is offering koala lovers the opportunity to become a ‘Koala Crusader’ annual pass holder.

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Holiday Parks Section Manager Kim Latham said that koala lovers can directly contribute to the long-term preservation of the species in the Port Stephens region by becoming a Koala Crusader.

“When they buy a pass, Koala Crusaders take the pledge to educate and encourage all to better understand the plight facing koalas today, and to do whatever possible to ensure their long-term survival in the wild,” she said.

“Koala Crusaders receive various ‘goodies’ when they buy their pass, including a twelve month Annual Entry Pass, a pledge certificate, plush Koala, baseball cap, lapel pin, sticker and writing pen.

“When a Koala Crusader visits the Sanctuary they’ll also get plenty of additional perks like ten percent off souvenirs, food and beverage purchased at Fat Possum Café, a ten percent discount off on-site accommodation, as well as being able to bring a friend for free on Wild Koala Day – 3 May 2023.

“A decade ago we counted koalas in this region in the thousands, but today their population numbers are in the hundreds. Ongoing financial support is vitally important to support population growth in the species,” Ms Latham added.

Port Stephens Council Business Development and Marketing Manager James Cook told News Of The Area, “A contribution of 20 percent of each Koala Crusader pack price goes directly to the Port Stephens Koala Hospital.

“Koala Crusader package merchandise products were sourced, wherever possible, and supplied from Australian companies and manufactures,” he said.

The Port Stephens Koala Sanctuary is a partnership between Port Stephens Council, the NSW Government and volunteer care group Port Stephens Koala Hospital.

Its focus is on conservation and protecting the threatened species for years to come.

Port Stephens Koala Hospital is currently fundraising and has beautiful koala in care calendars and other products including childrens colouring books and jigsaws available for purchase.

100 percent of profits from the sale of Port Stephens Koala Hospital merchandise goes directly to the care of sick and injured koalas in Port Stephens.

You can view the products online at www.portstephenskoalas.com.au.


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