Dimensions 5.9 x 3.5 x 3.6 in (H*L*W) 1.98 lbs
15 x 9 x 9.3 cm (H*L*W) 0.9 kgs
In 2019 and 2020, fires devastated Australia, tearing across the country at a terrifying rate leaving homes destroyed, livelihoods ruined, and many animals burned. Ellenborough Lewis the koala was pulled from the flames by the heroic Toni Doherty, who spotted the burned koala running into fires near Port Macquarie in NSW. The brave and loving actions of Toni gave Lewis another chance at life, a chance many of his fellow koalas did not get. Sadly, Lewis succumbed to his burns and passed away shortly after his rescue. Over 1000 koalas died in the 2019/2020 Australian Bushfires with 80% of their habitat destroyed. Already ‘functionally extinct’ this has led them ever closer to the threat of extinction. Heartbreakingly, Lewis has also joined the number of koalas who didn’t make it, having succumbed to his injuries.
This memorial to Lewis and Toni reminds us of the importance of human compassion and the role we all can play in conservation by simply stopping to lend a hand. The original monumental public sculpture has been donated to the Port Central Shopping Centre and the people of Port Macquarie by Gillie and Marc.