The Richard Branson Koala Conservancy is a 5-year grants and education program with a focus on mitigating koala mortality, with an emphasis on koala health, as well as investigating areas within the Noosa region, for its suitability as long-term koala refugia.
Makepeace Island will serve as a base for scientific koala research projects given its proximity to koala habitat along the Noosa River catchment. Koala experts Professor Peter Timms, PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons), FASM – Professor of Microbiology, University of the Sunshine Coast and Dr Jon Hanger, BVSc BVBiol PhD MACVSc, Managing Director, Endeavour Veterinary Ecology Pty Ltd will lead the program.
The Conservancy will establish an advisory board led by Dr. Hanger and Professor Timms. The board will be a collegial forum for encouraging a multi-disciplinary approach to local koala efforts and will work collaboratively with government, as well as scientific and community groups.
South East Queensland and particularly the Noosa region were previously a strong hold for koalas. The numbers have declined to crisis levels. We understand some local populations have dropped by 90% in numbers in the last 2 decades and without leadership and urgent action, local koalas will continue to head towards extinction.
“We felt compelled to act given the dire state of koalas in the region and with this in mind, we have offered my family’s Australian home, Makepeace Island, as a central site for koala research.” Richard Branson
You can help too. Join us on 30th September 2016 for our ‘Save the Koala’ Fundraising Lunch. Experience an exclusive island tour, indulge in seafood stations and wines and be entertained by XFactor stars ‘Soulcutz’.
Island co-owner Brett Godfrey, Professor Peter Timms, Dr Jon Hanger and Hon Dr Steven Miles will address the luncheon. Ticket holders will receive a special invitation to return to the island for an update on the program.
Dress code – neat casual
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