VIDEO: Students help koalas get more comfortable enclosure
ROCKHAMPTON koalas want a home among the gum trees and it seems they will receive just that at the local zoo thanks to Rockhampton State High School's fundraising efforts.
The local school's Year 10 students have put in the hard yards for five weeks, selling chocolates to whoever would buy them.
It seems the students' efforts paid off with the Rockhampton Zoo koala program receiving a $1533.90 donation.
Last week the students presented councillor Cherie Rutherford and zoo keeper Yvette Fanning with the donation.
Cr Rutherford said the donation was "absolutely wonderful" and it would be put to good use in repairing damage from the cyclone.
"It is a wonderful sign for our community that students like this can pull together and put in that extra effort to help out," she said.
Rockhampton High School student Sasha Dobbs said her form class had put in a lot of effort to raise the money.
"We had discussions about what we wanted to do for our next project and we decided the koalas would be a great thing for it to go towards."
Yvette said they were very happy to have the money as every little bit of support helped them.
"We've got some very ambitious projects in the pipeline in regards to the koala program, but this money in particular will go towards refurbishment of our current koala enclosures," she said.
"Number one priority for us in the summer months is going to be increasing shade for them."
Yvette said the money had been donated at a vital time as koala numbers were on the decline.
"There isn't an actual number count of koalas but we do know that in isolated populations within Queensland the numbers have dropped by 90% in the last 10 years. That's drastic reductions in numbers," she said.