AAT Kings and the TreadRight Foundation have teamed up with Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors to support the koala rehabilitation project at Australia Zoo’s Wildlife Hospital.
Over the next two years, Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors will receive a donation of $48,000 as part of the partnership, in order to protect the nation’s wildlife in the future.
Terri Irwin said Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors are excited to bring the supporting partners on board for the next two years.
“We’re so grateful to be receiving this donation which will directly support the treatment and rehabilitation of koalas, one of Australia’s most iconic and unique endangered species at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital,” Irwin said.
The hospital cares for nearly 800 koalas each year, at an average cost of $1500 per animal.
AAT Kings’ contribution will go towards the medical treatment and rehabilitation of the koalas at the centre, as well as building eco-friendly constructions to protect the sick and orphaned marsupials.
Managing director Anthony Hayes said that while they are passionate about showcasing the best of Aussie wildlife, it’s important to raise awareness on how to protect these animals too.
“For this reason, we’re also revealing some fun ways that our guests can give back and contribute to the treatment, housing and rehabilitation of koalas,” Hayes said.
AAT Kings has introduced its company mascot, Sam the koala, who is available for purchase during tours, with a percentage of each sale going towards Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital’s koala rehabilitation project.
This initiative from AAT Kings comes off the back of its conservation partnerships with Phillip Island Nature Parks in Victoria to protect the penguins, and Tasmania Zoo’s Tasmanian devil project.