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Return Rescued Koalas to the Wild

Item # 50916


Give sick, injured, and orphaned koalas a second chance at survival.

Koala numbers along Australia's eastern seaboard are in decline, resulting from habitat destruction, disease, vehicle collision, dog attacks, and the impact of climate change. Thanks to the efforts of volunteers and concerned citizens, many koalas have been rescued, but many more still need help.

Despite advances in research, increasing numbers of koalas are afflicted by disease. Left untreated, illness can result in blindness or even death due to infection and complications. With appropriate medication and care, however, sick koalas can make a full recovery prior to release into their native habitats.

Koalas are notoriously picky eaters, often preferring their local "gum" trees to unfamiliar varieties. Because every koala is different, they require special care, including uncommon medicines. Organizations such as the Friends of the Koala help fill this gap, providing experienced handlers, specialized rehabilitation centers, and unique medical care these exceptional animals require.

Friends of the Koala's volunteers bring into care over 300 koalas annually, ensuring expert veterinary treatment and supervised rehabilitation. Around 65 animals are returned to the wild each year.

You can help. $21 per day provides daily medication for a rescued koala. With your gift, koalas will receive the handling and treatment necessary for a complete recovery.

Friends of the Koala works to conserve koalas, particularly in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, recognizing the contribution that the species makes to one of Australia's most biologically diverse regions. Friends of the Koala provides a number of services for injured and orphaned koalas, including care, education, and research.

Report from the Field

June 2016


Here's a story about a little koala called Dot:

Dot came into care on Christmas Day 2014. She was just over a kilogram (too small to be alone), and had mild conjunctivitis, which she would have contracted from her mother. Because of her contagious infection Dot needed to be cared for in isolation, Due to her size she also needed specialist care by home carer Susannah. Dot underwent a 21 day course of antibiotics in the form of daily injections, as well as milk feeding and of course lots of leaf.

Six weeks later and half a kilogram heavier Dot was ready to move on to Koala Kindy, where she would make a few friends and let her koala instinct go wild.At Koala Kindy Dot meet Lila and Leah, two koala joeys of a similar size. Over the next few weeks they would teach each other all their koala tricks and prepare themselves for their graduation into soft release.

On the 30th of June 2015 the gate was to the soft release was opened to allow Dot and her class mates to enter the big wild world. This was to be the end of Dot’s story with Friends of the Koala - or so we thought...

It was ten months before we saw Dot again. Unfortunately she was showing signs of chlamydial cystitis, often called wet bottom. So the trap was set and in a short time Dot was back in care, with a special surprise for us all. Our baby Dot, had a baby of her own. At the time of writing this, Dot was halfway though her course of antibiotics and responding well. With any luck Dot and her joey will be back home in a few short weeks. Fingers crossed this time it’s for good, and she has many more babies!

Friends of the Koala

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