Alex Cearns: All aboard the koala train!

Baby koalas love to cuddle. It brings them great comfort and makes them feel safe and secure.

These 5 orphaned koala joeys, Nell, Bruce, Samuel, Elle and Harriet, took cuddling one step further during their photo session with me and formed an adorable ‘Koala Train’. What a special treat to preserve this moment and capture them relating to each other this way. 

Along with many other rescued koalas, Nell, Bruce, Samuel, Elle and Harriet are in foster care with Fauna Rescue of South Australia Inc and will hopefully be released back into the bush when they are older and able to fend for themselves. All of their mothers are deceased, so their dedicated carers take on the role of provider for them, tending to their every need. 

Fauna Rescue SA is the largest wildlife rescue organization in South Australia and cares for thousands of animals each year, including many sick, injured and orphaned koalas. They run a 24 hour koala telephone hotline, answering up to 20 calls a day from concerned members of the public. 

Dog attacks, loss of habitat, and road casualties are all taking their toll on this beloved iconic species and they need our help more than ever. Fauna Rescue SA have vet bills to cover and also need funds to obtain additional equipment such as flagging poles, koala rescue cages and to build koala enclosures. They don’t receive any government funding, and as a not for profit group they rely solely on donations from the public and from fundraising to support the koalas’ needs.

We have released this image as a limited edition fundraising print and hope to raise Fauna Rescue SA some much needed funds.


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