As part of Blossom we are proud to support Koala Ark, the world first and largest wild koala sanctuary. The aim for Koala Ark is to create a safe haven preventing extinction should the pattern of decline continue. $10 from the sale of every swimsuit sold from Blossom at our online boutique, will be donated to Koala Ark. 

Koala Ark is a project of Aussie Ark, and will deliver the following actions:

• Protection of 7,000 hectare of Koala habitat within the NSW Barrington region through exclusion fencing

• Secure a wild population of 1,000-1,500 Koalas (Koala home ranges can be between 2-4 hectare per individual in suitable habitat. With over half of Koala Ark being preferred Koala habitat; over 1,300 Koalas will call Koala Ark home.)

• Protection from intense bushfire

• Weed management including removal of the invasive Scotch Broom (Cytisus scoparius)

• Removal of introduced species inclusive of horse, pigs, goat, cat and fox from protected areas

• Baseline surveys of fauna and flora present before and after protection of land is established

• Long-term monitoring of the sanctuary by field officers

Below is the budget list for the build and management of Koala Ark. These are some of the areas that our donations will go towards. Through our support we hope to help share and contribute as much as we can towards this project.

Already completed
Supply of accommodation, vehicles, equipment, machinery, resource
Secured land of 7,000hectare of koala habitat in the NSW Barrington Region
Yet to be completed
$173 per hectare of land protected with feral exclusion fencing $864,850
Research and associated activities including radio tracking post release for
6 months in a wild landscape $2,233 per individual
$111,650
Bio-mapping and ecological survey of protected area $20,000
Weed management and site rehabilitation $62,000
Koala Hub / Joint research station $25,000
(total cost of centre $180,000 split between multiple projects)
Fire Management
(initial investment of machinery and proactive low intensity fire control)
$80,000
Long-term monitoring program
500 x $150 motion sensor cameras $75,000
3 years x $45,000 time in the field by wildlife officers $135,000
TOTAL COST OVER 3 YEARS $1,373,500

Time frame: 3 Years – Expected completion 2022
Information from aussieark.org.au

Aussie Ark X Shapes in the sand

Koala Ark

We will be providing updates on this project through our online platforms and website as they come through. For further information regarding Koala Ark visit Aussie Ark.