Help CLOSE Koala Park Sanctuary in Sydney, Australia
One of Australia’s oldest animal parks, Koala Park Sanctuary in the north-western Sydney suburb of west Pennant Hills, has pleaded guilty to three charges of ill treatment of their animals.
This is on top of receiving numerous other defects over the years from Department of Primary Industries which placed defect notices to the park for ageing and dirty animal exhibits, drainage problems and out of date records.
Koala Park Sanctuary was founded in 1920’s and opened to the public in October 1930, by Noel Burnet. The idea behind the Koala Park Sanctuary, was to protect the koalas which were killed for their fur and could have become extinct in future.
(image:Female kangaroo with a joey, at Koala Park Sanctuary at better times: 11 Oct, 1970)
One of Australia’s oldest parks, the Koala Park Sanctuary looks as if it has been forgotten over time.
It’s become Australia’s saddest zoo: The koala ‘sanctuary’ has just three miserable koalas, emaciated kangaroos and one lonely penguin who is refusing to eat. The park houses emaciated kangaroos, lethargic dingoes, lonely penguins, and only three koalas. Scrawny emaciated kangaroos, agitated koalas desperate to get out of their pens, lethargic dingoes with a stagnant drinking trough and one lonely fairy penguin which has stopped eating.
RSPCA NSW confirmed that the Koala Sanctuary had pleaded guilty to three charges of ill treatment of its chlamydia-ridden koalas and would be sentenced in February. It is facing fines of up to $190,000 from the RSPCA amid claims its koalas are riddled with a potentially fatal sexually transmitted disease.
(image: A koala with ulcers due to chlamydia.)
The park has pleaded not guilty to seven counts of failing to provide veterinary treatment to the koalas between February 25 and March 25 this year. Each count carries a maximum penalty of $27,000.
A sanctuary is by definition a place of safety, and protection, for native animals. This one has become one where animals are neglected, and thus need protection from it!