Regent’s unlikeliest member: an Aussie koala

With more than 140 nationalities on campus, Regent’s University London is a diverse place.

Now, we’re adding another Australian to the mix with the adoption of an unlikely character – Jimmie Jams the koala.

With catastrophic bushfires ravaging the Australian continent since September, half a billion animals are reported to have died – including hundreds of koalas.

Jimmie Jams a koala
Jimmie Jams the koala lives in Victoria's Ballarat Wildlife Park

‘We wanted to do something tangible for Australia’s most iconic animal. With multiple Aussies on the team, it’s an issue that’s close to our hearts,’ said Katie Hall, Marketing Conversion Officer, who lived in Sydney a couple of years ago.

‘Adoption means we’re sending money to an Australian wildlife centre every month to support a species that could become extinct in a couple of decades. Jimmie Jams won’t be running around campus – we’ll think of him safe in the Ballarat Wildlife Park every time the fires hit the news,’ said Melbourne-born Stefanie Kir, External Communications Officer.

With just thousands of koalas left in the wild, the race is on to preserve the species from extinction. Zoos and wildlife parks play a vital role in breeding, rehabilitation and safety of all native animals, including koalas.

Consider donating to the Australian bushfire appeals. Every dollar counts. Your money will go a long way to supporting people and animals as they fight fires and find their feet again.

Australian Red Cross Society

The Salvation Army

NSW Rural Fire Service

Victorian Bushfire Appeal

WIRES Wildlife Rescue

Wildlife Victoria