The 99th Koala - Kailas Wild

The 99th Koala - Kailas Wild

Rescue and Resilience on Kangaroo Island  

 
About Kailas Wild....
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Kailas is a climbing arborist, conservationist, wildlife rescuer and surrogate father to the orphaned Koala Joey Kai. He lives in NSW and has worked with Koalas for over a decade.
 
What is an arborist i hear you say?
 
An arborist specialises in the care of individual trees. They are knowledgeable about the needs of trees, and are trained and equipped to provide proper care
 
How did an aborist become a Koala saving hero?
 
During a bushfire, Koalas normally climb higher up a burning tree for safety. The Koalas subsequently become trapped and are unable to return to the ground because of the smoldering heat of the bark below
 
Through his occupation, Kailas is trained at climbing trees measuring over 20+ metres in height. Despite being thousands of kilometres away, Kailas unique training and passion for Koalas meant he was a true hero in the making
 
Why Kangaroo Island?
 
Despite falling numbers on the main land, the Koala population had thrived on the island with numbers reaching 50,000 strong before the fires. With such a high density of Koala numbers, help was urgently needed from the army and volunteers as half of the island was soon on fire.
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It is estimated that half of the Koala population on Kangaroo Island sadly perished during this tragic time.
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Kailas time on Kangaroo Island
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After driving 17,000 kms from Sydney to South Australia, Kailas teamed up with the Kangaroo Island search and rescue team. Despite the conditions, the exhaustion, and the devastation around him, Kailas and the other volunteers worked 12-14 hour days for weeks to try and save as many animals as possible. Kailas successfully rescued over 100 Koalas from the tree tops over his time there and raised $65,000 through his personal gofund me page. 
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What can we do to stop Koalas moving towards extinction?
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The only solution is to conserve existing habitat. To have any hope, we must do significantly better than we have until now. We need to keep the pressure on the state and federal governments to adequately address the deforestation crisis.
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About Kailas book 'The 99th Koala'
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In last summer’s devastating fires, Kangaroo Island lost half of its koala population, with many more left injured and starving. This is the inspiring and sometimes confronting story of someone who went to help and ended up a koala dad.
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The 99th Koala shares that experience, in words and pictures, and introduces us to some of the koalas of Kangaroo Island. Sometimes tragic, sometimes hopeful, Kai’s story above all commemorates our unique wildlife, and demonstrates the power of one person trying to make a difference.

‘At a time when many people have felt helpless to act against the immensity of the fires or the threat of climate change, Kai's daily descriptions and videos of saving helpless animals have been a welcome dose of personal courage and deep humanity.
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What are your hopes for the book?
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I hope that people who read the book understand the threats to Koalas and our natural environment, and realise that it's in their power to be part of the solution.
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Also, Simon and Schuster Australia will be donating a percentage of book sales to Humane Society International Australia.
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What happened to your beautiful Koala, Joey-Kai?
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Joey-Kai has been released back into the wild now and it's likely that i won't see her again, but i'm just relieved that she survived. It makes me extremely happy that she's free to be a wild Koala again.
 
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The 99th Koala is a must for all Koala lovers and is available for pre-order at 
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Follow the link to purchase your copy and receive free worldwide shipping.