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Koala State number plates to help wildlife rescue volunteers protect native fauna

New "Koala State" number plates will be available to help support South Australia’s dedicated volunteer wildlife rescue and rehabilitation organisations.

Koala State number plates to help wildlife rescue volunteers protect native fauna

From today, motorists who purchase a Koala State number plate will automatically make a $50 donation as part of the purchase price to help animal rescue groups care for injured and orphaned native animals.

More than 700 wildlife carers each contribute a minimum 500 hours’ voluntary work every year to help animals recover so they can be returned to the wild.

The volunteers dedicate their time and resources to help rehabilitate about 4000 injured and distressed animals each year.

The number plates cost $151, inclusive of a $70 plate fee, $50 donation and a $31 reallocation fee for already registered SA vehicles.

To buy a Koala State number plate visit ezyplates.sa.gov.au from Monday.

The Department for Environment and Water's Director of Conservation and Wildlife, Lisien Loan, saidvolunteer wildlife carers dedicated a significant amount of time and effort to help rehabilitate South Australia's unique and popular native animals.

"I encourage motorists to purchase a Koala State plate to show your support for our native wildlife and those who work tirelessly to support them," she said.

"This great initiative expands EzyPlates’ wide selection of number plates that directly benefit those who volunteer to look after our native fauna."

Marian McLucas, Chairwoman of Wildlife United SA and Save Our Wildlife Inc, welcomed the recognition given to wildlife carers and rescuers.

"Money raised will help all our precious species, not just our beautiful koalas," she said.

"Wildlife carers sacrifice their time and money to look after our wildlife, often working around the clock to provide feeds. They are amazing selfless human beings providing a 24/7 service free to the community of South Australia."