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The new plaque at Australia' Zoo's Wildlife Hospital

Russell Crowe and John Oliver Help Save Koalas From Chlamydia

Just when you thought Russell Crowe‘s ‘Art of Divorce’ auction couldn’t possibly get any better, IT DOES!

Not only did ‘Last Week Tonight’ host John Oliver buy a bunch of his stuff (like the jockstrap from Cinderella Man and a vest from Les Mis) for one of the last remaining Blockbuster video stores in Alaska…now we’ve learned that the money Russell received from the big sale is being used to save thousands of koalas!


It turns out he’s donated the cash to his friends Terri, Bindi and Robert Irwin at Australia Zoo where their wildlife hospital is developing a trial vaccination program for koalas infected with chlamydia. In some parts of Australia, koala infection rates are as high as 90% and it’s causing blindness, infertility and in some cases, death.

The Irwins made a video thanking Russell for his generous donation. They also revealed that a special plaque has been put up at the hospital for John Oliver since he was the one that forked out the cash. The sign reads ‘The John Oliver Koala Chlamydia Ward.’

Check out the video below:

Nehal is an award-winning news presenter, author of "A Kids Book About Kindness Online" and founder of CelebrityKind. She has dedicated her career to creating connected and healthy spaces in the media. When she's not writing, you'll find Nehal hanging with family, dancing to Beyoncé, interpreting Taylor Swift lyrics or watching old eps of Oprah.

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