Port Douglas tourism businesses team up for Koala food
Wildlife Habitat and Sailaway have joined forces to keep the koalas at the habitat happy, healthy, and fed.
Land donated by Sailaway has been used to plant 250 trees of eight different local Eucalypt species.
The trees meet the unique dietary requirements of Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas’s koalas.
The new koala Eucalypt plantation is that the Eco Shamba Tree Farm which was established in August 2009 as an environmental initiative of Sailaway.
Eco Shamba is 27 Hectares of ex-cane paddocks close to Port Douglas, owned by both Sailaway Port Douglas and CaPTA Group’s Wildlife Habitat.
The trees will be ready for harvest in two years and will contribute to providing the 400-500 grams of Eucalypt leaf that each Koala consumes per day.
Wildlife Habitat Manager, Andrew Hearn, said that growing the Eucalypt locally has advantages for both the environment and the park’s resident koalas.
“It’s great to work with a company like Sailaway that’s 100 per cent committed to eco-tourism and to growing the Port Douglas tourism market and visitation to the Great Barrier Reef,” he said.
“We have been looking for a site close to Wildlife Habitat so that we can minimize travel and provide our animals with the freshest cuts possible.”
Sailaway Owner Operator, Steve Edmondson, said best practices, environmental awareness, and appreciation are important roles eco-tourism delivers.
“Small local initiatives go a long way and provide background and education to our visitors and our fragile natural surroundings, whilst enjoying a fun day on holiday in Tropical North Queensland and interacting on the Great Barrier Reef,” he said.
Koalas require a large amount of Eucalypt leaf, as the plant provides them with 100 per cent of their water requirements and although there are 700 species of Eucalypt in Australia, Koalas can only consume 90 of them.
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