Just before Christmas, Aussie Ark announced it had purchased Curricabark, a wildlife sanctuary located near Gloucester, after over a month of fundraising.
The Curricabark property, sitting on around 250 hectares of land, will one day be the home to some of Australia's most endangered species that conversation organisation Ark is currently caring for.
It's located near Aussie Ark's existing property in the Barrington Tops that protects about 30 threatened native species which has been considered a wildlife refuge since 1974.
More than $50,000 was raised to allow Aussie Ark to purchase the wildlife refuge.
For the first time ever, the organisation held a sporting event, The Aussie Ark Wild Ride, from November 10-12, 2020, in an effort to raise funds for its crowdfunding campaign.
Two riders, Tony and Andrew, embarked on a 300 kilometre journey to bike rider from the Australian Reptile Park on the Central Coast to the Aussie Ark facility in the Barrington Tops.
"We are absolutely astonished by the generosity of everyone who donated to our crowdfunding campaign. All the species the property is protecting - and will protect in the future - are so thankful to all of you," Aussie Ark president, Tim Faulkner said.
In line with its mission to rewild the Barrington Tops region and bring balance back to the bush, Aussie Ark's new acquisition is paving the way to the development of additional sanctuaries that will protect some of our most vulnerable native species.
Through its sanctuaries and the vigorous work of its team, Aussie Ark allows native ecosystems to evolve naturally without the threat of unnatural predation.
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As a not for profit organisation, Aussie Ark raises funds for the construction of captive facilities and predator-proof fencing on semi-wild parcels of land. Aussie Ark is a registered environmental organisation and charitable institution under the Australian Charity and Not-for-Profit Commission. More information at www.aussieark.org.au.