Blue Mountains News
WildEndurance to Assist Blue Mountains Koala Preservation
Now in its eighth year, it is a stimulating challenge for teams of 2-7 participants to walk or run either 50kms or 100kms, while experiencing the beauty of the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.
Koalas in New South Wales were recently listed as a threatened species under the Federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (1999) and Koala sightings in the Blue Mountains are extremely rare.
Before last December, there had been no Koala sightings on record in the Upper Blue Mountains since the 1940s.
Across Australia Koala numbers have declined dramatically because of historical hunting, loss and degradation of habitat, urban development, disease, road death and predation by dogs.
WildEndurance Coordinator, Sarah Williams, said that the challenge offers participants the chance to push the boundaries of personal fitness and self-achievement while connecting to nature and helping overcome the decline in the koala population.
“WildEndurance is a tough physical challenge, but it is also about communities coming together to make a real difference to effect long-term change, and transform Australia into a society that protects, respects and connects with the natural world that sustains us,” said Ms Williams.
“The protection of Australian wildlife is one of our main focuses and researchers at Science for Wildlife have stressed the importance of finding and assessing exactly what is left of the koala population in this area.
“To assist with koala surveys and conservation, a proportion of funds from WildEndurance will go towards training koala detection dogs, GPS equipment, and koala collars for the Blue Mountains Koala Project,” said Ms Williams.
Ms Williams said WildEndurance is a rewarding personal experience.
“In the months leading into the event, you can enjoy, and be a part of, the growing team spirit and binding camaraderie as your team trains together to boost personal fitness levels and collectively aim for a personal best result.
“And when the last bead of sweat has been wiped away, there is the joyous self-gratification of knowing that you have personally contributed towards helping koalas in the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.
WildEndurance will be held over the weekend of 2nd - 3rd May 2015 and registrations are now open online at www.wildendurance.org.au.
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