Racing to Rescue Koalas
Koalas are under siege. Can Australia rescue them?
Photograph by Joel Sartore
It’s two in the morning and a koala is caught in barbed wire on a fence, like a prisoner trying to escape. A phone rings in the home of Megan Aitken in Burpengary, a suburb north of Brisbane. Aitken, 42, runs a volunteer organization devoted to rescuing wild koalas from a surprisingly wide array of hazards. Before the dispatcher has even given her the location, she has thrown her clothes on over her pajamas.
(To protect the identity of confidential sources, the yellow label at left has been blurred.)
Credits: National Geographic