Published: Fri, January 17, 2020
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

MA boy creates tiny clay koalas to raise funds for Australian wildlife

MA boy creates tiny clay koalas to raise funds for Australian wildlife

There are so many marsupials in need of treatment due to bushfires that have struck nature off the coast of the state of South Australia that the caregivers do not have time to name them.

"According to CNN, Simon Colley, Owen's father, grew up in Sydney-"[Owen] has a pull to Australia", Caitlin Colley told CNN.

The post continued saying that the live koala has been taken into care.

"Taylor and I have been finding Koalas together for three years now, all up and down the east coast of Australia". He asked if any animals in the fire had been injured and his mother said yes. Making the koala heads is Owen's favorite part, he said.

"Any koala at this point of time is important because as you lost a big proportion of the population, you're going through what's called a genetic bottleneck" explained Romane Cristescu, a koala ecologist. His mom said she's bought all the Sculpey clay she could find within a 20-mile radius and they're waiting for more to ship in. We intend to meet every koala, it will only happen tomorrow. Donations that deserve a koala created by Owen came from nearly every state, Colley said.

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"We see how all donations are received and we say", Oh my god, we have no clay, "said Colley". "It's a 6-year-old using his little hands to make the spaces and the ears, so it does take time".

Donations range from $ 5 to $ 150, Colley said. Mom and dad will pay the shipping costs of the koalas when they're ready to be sent out. The family is looking at how to do that. Every $25 raised helped feed a joey for a month. You have helped hundreds of joeys so far.

Colley hopes that other parents and children can find ways to help with those affected by the bushfires.

'We view this disaster as an opportunity to re-imagine facilities in our damaged parks, so that park services and facilities are even better in the future, ' he said.

"With now over 18 million acres ablaze, the reality is that we have little idea about the true damage they will cause or to the full extent of their ecological legacy" said Professor Ben Garrod.

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