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Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary’s ‘Noah’s arkbus evacuates 150 animals from Yeppoon bushfires

Cooberrie Park was lucky to escape serious damage in the firesPHOTO: Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary was lucky to escape serious damage in the fires. (已提供: Kieron Smedley)

In the midst of horror bushfires, with flames licking the tops of trees in the distance and embers falling, staff and volunteers at the Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary frantically crated sick, injured and orphaned animals to evacuate them.


  • More than 150 animals were transported to safety near Yeppoon, Queensland, on Saturday night as fires burned nearby
  • A wide variety of birds, reptiles, crocodiles, koalas and monkeys, that were recovering from illness or injury, were among the evacuated animals
  • The evacuation was described asNoah’s ark on a busas the animals were transported via the wildlife park’s specialist bus while flames and embers glowed around rescuers

The 25-acre park in bushland at Yeppoon in central Queensland, which rescues and rehabilitates injured and abandoned wildlife, evacuated more than 150 animals on Saturday night as a 14-kilometre firefront burned nearby.

Ranger Kieron Smedley said the scenes during the evacuation were reminiscent of the biblical story of Noah rescuing the world’s animals from flood — but with a bus.

We have a bus on site specifically designed to evacuate animals,” 他说.

We evacuated more than 150 animals and that included everything from koalas, to monkeys, to crocodiles, to a wide variety of birds, reptiles — everything you could imagine.

Basically we had like a Noah’s ark bus.

Mr Smedley said the evacuation began at 9:30pm and finished at 2:30am with lots of volunteers using phone torches for light.

Cooberrie Park's animal evacuation bus which was put into action on SaturdayPHOTO: The wildlife park’s animal evacuation bus was put into action on Saturday. (已提供: Kieron Smedley)

We had glowing embers all around us,” 他说.

Down the road you could see flames coming up into the trees, which was very intimidating.

The wildlife park was not impacted by the fires and rangers and volunteers were able to return to the park on Monday with all animals safe and accounted for.

Man holds koala and smilesPHOTO: Ranger Kieron Smedley with three-year-old Calypso — one of more than 150 animals evacuated on Saturday night.
(已提供: Kieron Smedley )

The animals had been away from the sanctuary for 48 hours, and Mr Smedley said staff immediately began getting the animals back to their usual routines.

As you can imagine, relocating animals can be very stressful [for them],” 他说.

Stress can be a killer and we have to ensure that the animals do stay as relaxed as possible.

The wildlife park remains closed to the public today in order for staff to settle the animals and monitor the fire emergency in case of further evacuations.

While the park is scheduled to open again on Wednesday, Mr Smedley stressed that anyone visiting should take note of any road closures in the area.

资源: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-11-12/yeppoon-wildlife-sanctuary-fire-evacuation-bus-noahs-ark/11696722

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