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Koala Conservation

The City of Gold Coast is committed to ensuring the long-term survival of koalas and has implemented koala conservation projects across the region.

Community involvement is essential in the fight to save our koalas. You can get involved by:

If you see a koala that needs rescuing, call the WILDCARE 24 hour hotline on 07 5527 2444.

What to look out for to know if a koala needs rescuing:

  • being stuck on a fence in a hazardous situation, for example, beside a busy road
  • observed sitting or sleeping on the ground for an extended period
  • sitting in the same tree for more than 48 hours
  • physical signs of injury, for example, limping, inability to climb, blood patches on fur, etc.
  • any visibly missing fur
  • a 'wet' or 'dirty' reddish stained rump
  • conjunctivitis (red, swollen, weepy) eyes.

If you are unsure if a koala requires rescue, please call WILDCARE. Advice can be provided over the phone and a record of the koala's location made for further observation or rescue.

The City is working hard to conserve koalas across the entire Gold Coast with the newly developed and endorsed Koala Conservation Plan for the City. This Koala Conservation Plan builds on the previous experience and learnings of the Elanora-Currumbin Waters, East Coomera and Burleigh Ridge koala conservation plans, and identifies informed and targeted actions to mitigate key threats to koalas across the city.

The City of Gold Coast is committed to ensuring the long-term survival of koalas and has implemented koala conservation projects across the region.

Community involvement is essential in the fight to save our koalas. You can get involved by:

If you see a koala that needs rescuing, call the WILDCARE 24 hour hotline on 07 5527 2444.

What to look out for to know if a koala needs rescuing:

  • being stuck on a fence in a hazardous situation, for example, beside a busy road
  • observed sitting or sleeping on the ground for an extended period
  • sitting in the same tree for more than 48 hours
  • physical signs of injury, for example, limping, inability to climb, blood patches on fur, etc.
  • any visibly missing fur
  • a 'wet' or 'dirty' reddish stained rump
  • conjunctivitis (red, swollen, weepy) eyes.

If you are unsure if a koala requires rescue, please call WILDCARE. Advice can be provided over the phone and a record of the koala's location made for further observation or rescue.

The City is working hard to conserve koalas across the entire Gold Coast with the newly developed and endorsed Koala Conservation Plan for the City. This Koala Conservation Plan builds on the previous experience and learnings of the Elanora-Currumbin Waters, East Coomera and Burleigh Ridge koala conservation plans, and identifies informed and targeted actions to mitigate key threats to koalas across the city.

  • Koala Conservation Conversations – Division 12, 13 & 14

    1 day ago
    Karen presentation

    Councillors Pauline Young, Daphne McDonald and Gail O’Niell and the City’s Vulnerable Species Management Team invited the community to attend an information session focussed on koala conservation within Divisions 12, 13 and 14.

    Special guests on the night included Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Senior Veterinarian Dr Michael Pyne and President of Wildcare Australia Inc. Karen Scott (pictured above), who discussed health issues concerning koalas on the southern Gold Coast. The event covered topics including koalas with Chlamydial infection and what to do if your dog has an encounter with a koala.

    Tina Strachan from the City’s Vulnerable Species Management ... Continue reading

    Councillors Pauline Young, Daphne McDonald and Gail O’Niell and the City’s Vulnerable Species Management Team invited the community to attend an information session focussed on koala conservation within Divisions 12, 13 and 14.

    Special guests on the night included Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Senior Veterinarian Dr Michael Pyne and President of Wildcare Australia Inc. Karen Scott (pictured above), who discussed health issues concerning koalas on the southern Gold Coast. The event covered topics including koalas with Chlamydial infection and what to do if your dog has an encounter with a koala.

    Tina Strachan from the City’s Vulnerable Species Management Team gave an update on the new Koala Conservation Plan for the City and Alicia Powell from the same team delivered a presentation on koala population monitoring in the Burleigh, Elanora, Currumbin Waters and Tallebudgera areas. The group also enjoyed hearing Kylie Brookes, from the Animal Management Unit, discussing the City’s koala conservation initiatives in relation to pest and domestic animal management.

    It was an informal evening but a good opportunity to discuss issues surrounding koala conservation in these southern Gold Coast suburbs. Thank you to all the community members who attended the night, it was great to see such passionate people take time out of their busy schedules.


  • Koala mums and joeys

    1 day ago
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    As we head quickly towards the end of the year and the busy festive season we thought it might be nice to slow down and take a look at some of the cute joey images sent in by koala sightings reporters from the community using our online report a koala sighting form.

    Anonymous - Burleigh Heads 12-9-1

    Anonymous - Elanora 20-10-17

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    Anonymous - Elanora 27-10-17

    P Beckler - Helensvale 15-9-17

    Anonymous - Bonogin 12-5-17

    Anonymous - Arundel 29-11-2016

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    Robyn Rosenstrauss 18-1-17


    Koala sightings reported to council help us concentrate our... Continue reading

    As we head quickly towards the end of the year and the busy festive season we thought it might be nice to slow down and take a look at some of the cute joey images sent in by koala sightings reporters from the community using our online report a koala sighting form.

    Anonymous - Burleigh Heads 12-9-1

    Anonymous - Elanora 20-10-17

    Anonymous - Elanora 20-10-17

    Anonymous - Elanora 20-10-17

    Anonymous - Elanora 27-10-17

    P Beckler - Helensvale 15-9-17

    Anonymous - Bonogin 12-5-17

    Anonymous - Arundel 29-11-2016

    Anonymous-Tallebudgera 25-2-17

    Robyn Rosenstrauss 18-1-17


    Koala sightings reported to council help us concentrate our conservation efforts in the right areas. Please help spread the word to family, friends and neighbours, every koala sighting is important. You can report your koala sightings here.


  • Koala Friends Program - Environmental Volunteer Award Recipient - Roger Peterson

    1 day ago
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    Koala Friends Environmental Volunteer Award recipient Roget Peterson with Councillor Young and Vulnerable Species Management Team (Koala Team) supervisor Tina Strachan.


    On Saturday 25th November the City of Gold Coast (City) held our annual Environmental Volunteer Awards recognising the achievements of volunteers involved in City supported environmental programs. The event acknowledged the important role volunteers play in helping to manage and restore the Gold Coast’s natural assets.

    We would like to congratulate Roger Peterson for being nominated to receive the award for the Koala Friends Program.

    Roger is one of our most active Koala Friends members and... Continue reading

    Koala Friends Environmental Volunteer Award recipient Roget Peterson with Councillor Young and Vulnerable Species Management Team (Koala Team) supervisor Tina Strachan.


    On Saturday 25th November the City of Gold Coast (City) held our annual Environmental Volunteer Awards recognising the achievements of volunteers involved in City supported environmental programs. The event acknowledged the important role volunteers play in helping to manage and restore the Gold Coast’s natural assets.

    We would like to congratulate Roger Peterson for being nominated to receive the award for the Koala Friends Program.

    Roger is one of our most active Koala Friends members and is continually involved in koala conservation and on ground actions. As a Koala Friend, Roger has attended numerous koala tree plantings in his local area, including the important Wildcare Australia koala fodder plantation at Eddie Kornhauser Recreational Reserve.

    Roger is passionate about koala conservation and continually liaises with both the Koala Team and local Councillors to achieve good koala conservation outcomes for the local Elanora koalas, including identifying suitable areas for future restoration and planting, installation of koala awareness signage and input into koala-dog management.

    Roger is heavily invested the Koala Friends Program and ensuring positive outcomes for koalas in the southern Gold Coast. The Koala Team are grateful for his support

  • Koala health: it’s koala breeding season and koalas are on the move!

    about 2 months ago
    Photo courtesy c witkiss   14 8 17   koala in back yard

    We are right in the middle of koala breeding season at the moment and koalas are on the move!

    As young disperse from their mothers and males go in search of mates we see koalas entering people’s back yards, crossing roads and getting caught in dangerous situations. Unfortunately during this time of year we see a big spike in the number of koalas requiring rescue or being admitted to the wildlife hospital.

    If you see a koala in the following situation, call Wildcare Australia on 07 5527 2444 and they may need to come and rescue... Continue reading

    We are right in the middle of koala breeding season at the moment and koalas are on the move!

    As young disperse from their mothers and males go in search of mates we see koalas entering people’s back yards, crossing roads and getting caught in dangerous situations. Unfortunately during this time of year we see a big spike in the number of koalas requiring rescue or being admitted to the wildlife hospital.

    If you see a koala in the following situation, call Wildcare Australia on 07 5527 2444 and they may need to come and rescue the animal:

    • The koala is trapped in a backyard where the resident or neighbours have dogs

    • The koala is in a position close to roads where they may be struck by a vehicle

    • The koala is sitting low down in the same tree for numerous days without moving or is sleeping or spending time motionless on the ground

    • The koala has conjunctivitis in one or both eyes, this is a symptom of Chlamydial infection

    • The koala has a wet or rusty coloured rump, this is a symptom of Chlamydial infection

    • The koala has brown matted or patchy fur, blood patches, missing fur and/or bite wounds


    If you would like to know more about what the city is doing for koala conservation, why not head online and download the new KoalaConservation Plan for the city.

    All images were provided by the community while reporting their koala sightings through our online form at www.gchaveyoursay.com.au/koalas

    To end on a positive note, if you see a koala looking as cute as this one, let it be a reminder of how lucky we are to share the Gold Coast with such an amazing animal and how we all need to work together to protect them!


  • Gold Coast Koala Disease Map

    about 2 months ago
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    Chlamydia is a serious threat to koalas on the Gold Coast with a mortality rate of 69 per cent for koalas admitted to hospital for the disease.

    The map shows the percentage of koalas admitted with disease (chlamydial and other diseases such as immune-mediated disease) to either a wildlife hospital or reported by Wildcare Australia Inc. for each Gold Coast suburb between 2010-2016.

    Coomera in the north, Clagiraba in the west and Tallebudgera, Elanora and Currumbin Waters in the south have the highest percentage of koalas admitted for disease.

    For more than a decade, the City has assisted the University... Continue reading


    Chlamydia is a serious threat to koalas on the Gold Coast with a mortality rate of 69 per cent for koalas admitted to hospital for the disease.

    The map shows the percentage of koalas admitted with disease (chlamydial and other diseases such as immune-mediated disease) to either a wildlife hospital or reported by Wildcare Australia Inc. for each Gold Coast suburb between 2010-2016.

    Coomera in the north, Clagiraba in the west and Tallebudgera, Elanora and Currumbin Waters in the south have the highest percentage of koalas admitted for disease.

    For more than a decade, the City has assisted the University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology and Sunshine Coast University to research chlamydial disease and were pivotal in assisting the development of a Chlamydia vaccine.

    Effective management of Chlamydia within Gold Coast koala populations relies on developing and maintaining partnerships with universities and other research organisations, veterinary care and rescue organisations, as well as delivering community education and awareness. The City proposes to achieve this through:

    • increasing community awareness of Chlamydia through development of a community engagement strategy

    • partnering with universities and research organisations to support current and future Chlamydia research opportunities

    • providing ongoing support and advice to organisations involved in the rescue, rehabilitation and release of koalas

    • supporting and assisting the delivery of the Chlamydia vaccine to Gold Coast koala populations.



  • Wildcare Australia Inc: Gold Coast Koalas - An introduction to rescue, care and rehabilitation

    about 2 months ago
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    Are you interested in learning more about koalas?

    To celebrate the release of the citywide Koala Conservation Plan, council is supporting Wildcare Australia Inc. in holding an Educational Workshop during December which will help residents gain a better understanding of how to assist local koala populations and what is involved with their rescue, care and rehabilitation.

    Hear from an experienced koala rescuer and carer about topics such as:

    • What is involved with being a koala rescuer and carer;

    • Ways to reduce the risk to koalas in our suburbs;

    • How to identify a sick koala and learn how and when... Continue reading

    Are you interested in learning more about koalas?

    To celebrate the release of the citywide Koala Conservation Plan, council is supporting Wildcare Australia Inc. in holding an Educational Workshop during December which will help residents gain a better understanding of how to assist local koala populations and what is involved with their rescue, care and rehabilitation.

    Hear from an experienced koala rescuer and carer about topics such as:

    • What is involved with being a koala rescuer and carer;

    • Ways to reduce the risk to koalas in our suburbs;

    • How to identify a sick koala and learn how and when to report them;

    • What to do if you find a sick, injured or orphaned koala; and

    • Examples of methods that wildlife volunteers use to rescue sick and injured koalas.

    Followed by a presentation from a leading wildlife veterinarian, who will cover topics such as:

    • Reasons for admission to the wildlife hospital;

    • Veterinary triage and assessment of sick and injured koalas;

    • Common injuries and diseases and how they are treated;

    • Rehabilitation of koalas.

    Final location details will be emailed to you upon confirmation of your booking.

    Suitable only for children 12 years and over. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

    Cost: This is a free experience funded by the City’s Koala Friends Program.

    To register: please email enquiries@wildcare.org.au

    Location: Helensvale

    Date: Saturday 2nd December, 9:30am – 12:00


  • Koala Conservation Plan for the city endorsed by Council

    about 2 months ago
    Koala conservation plan

    On Friday 15 September the City of Gold Coast Koala Conservation Plan was endorsed by full Council to begin implementation as an ongoing management program.

    This Koala Conservation Plan builds on the previous experience and learnings of the Elanora-Currumbin Waters, East Coomera and Burleigh Ridge koala conservation plans, and identifies informed and targeted actions to mitigate key threats to koalas across the city.

    The Vulnerable Species Management team (aka the Koala team) would like to send a sincere thanks to all those involved in the process, including our expert panel, those who provided feedback and those that... Continue reading

    On Friday 15 September the City of Gold Coast Koala Conservation Plan was endorsed by full Council to begin implementation as an ongoing management program.

    This Koala Conservation Plan builds on the previous experience and learnings of the Elanora-Currumbin Waters, East Coomera and Burleigh Ridge koala conservation plans, and identifies informed and targeted actions to mitigate key threats to koalas across the city.

    The Vulnerable Species Management team (aka the Koala team) would like to send a sincere thanks to all those involved in the process, including our expert panel, those who provided feedback and those that assisted in gathering the data crucial to the foundations of this plan, including Currumbin Wildlife Hospital and Wildcare Australia Inc.

    We are excited to begin implementing the conservation actions and monitoring the populations at a city wide scale.

    Thank you again for taking the time out of your busy lives to assist in delivering this very important achievement.

    Please find a copy of the Koala Conservation Plan here


  • Koala Friends: Free September School Holidays Koala Program

    3 months ago
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    The City of Gold Coast (City) Koala Friends Program September school holiday schedule of events aims to bring the community together to engage in koala conservation initiatives.

    Providing community education and awareness events for both children and adults the program seeks to promote a sense of stewardship amongst the community and to increase awareness of threats to the local koala population.

    Koala conservation events in the program include:

    Tree planting days

    Tallebudgera – Wednesday 20th September, 9am – 10:30am (Junior Landcare)

    Join the City’s natural areas team and Green Heroes for a community planting day with a super hero theme... Continue reading

    The City of Gold Coast (City) Koala Friends Program September school holiday schedule of events aims to bring the community together to engage in koala conservation initiatives.

    Providing community education and awareness events for both children and adults the program seeks to promote a sense of stewardship amongst the community and to increase awareness of threats to the local koala population.

    Koala conservation events in the program include:

    Tree planting days

    Tallebudgera – Wednesday 20th September, 9am – 10:30am (Junior Landcare)

    Join the City’s natural areas team and Green Heroes for a community planting day with a super hero theme specifically for kids aged three to 13. Junior Landcare is about encouraging young people to play an active role in caring for their natural environment. Little super heroes can help provide habitat for our wildlife and improve the health of the park. Dress up as your favourite super hero or storybook character or you can make your own costumes or capes using recycled materials and op-shop finds. It’s a wonderful opportunity to teach them the importance of environmental stewardship and taking care of the planet. Adults welcome!

    Click here to book

    East Coomera – Saturday 23rd September, 9am – 10:30am (Koala tree planting - date was changed from 16th September to current date)

    Join the City’s natural areas team and help plant food and habitat trees for koalas in East Coomera. You will also discover more about the local koala population and learn how you can take simple measures to support koala conservation on the Gold Coast. Supported by Division 3 Councillor Cameron Caldwell. Suitable for all ages.

    Click here to book

    Coombabah – Wednesday 27th September, 9 am – 10:30am (Junior Landcare)

    Junior Landcare is about encouraging young people to play an active role in caring for their natural environment. Come along and join in the fun with a community planting day specifically for kids aged three to 13. It’s a wonderful opportunity to teach them the importance of environmental stewardship and taking care of the planet. Adults welcome!

    Click hereto book


    Koala keeper for a day program – Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Nature Ed

    The Koala Friends Program is giving 8-14 year olds an exclusive opportunity to become a Koala Keeper for a Day. Hosted by Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, the experience is delivered and supervised by experienced Wildlife Education Officers. Kids will experience exclusive and hands on activities while learning more about koalas, conservation and koala keeping duties.

    Date: Tuesday 19th September, 8:30-1pm

    Cost: This is a free experience offered by the City’s Koala Friends Program. Please note that places are limited.

    To register: Please complete the booking request form and email directly to education@cws.org.au by Monday 11th September COB. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary will send you email confirmation shortly after this completed booking form is received.



    Koala ranger for a day program – David Fleay Wildlife Park

    If the kids are looking to learn about koalas this school holidays, why not get hands on and become a koala ranger for the day at David Fleay Wildlife Park. This program offers kids the chance to get very close and personal with the koala while going behind the scenes and learning all about what it takes to care for this very fussy eater.

    David Fleay Wildlife park will be hosting this event on behalf of the City’s Koala Friends Program with two age groups options available.

    Ages: 8 – 12 years Date: Wednesday 27th September, 9:30am – 2:30pm

    Ages: 5 - 7 years Date: Thursday 28th September, 9:30am – 12:30pm

    Cost: This is a free experience offered by City’s Koala Friends Program. Please note that places are limited.

    To register: Please phone David Fleay Wildlife Park on (07) 56692051 during business hours to register your interest.



    Koala ranger for a day program – Dreamworld

    Are you wild about our wildlife? Be one of the selected few to be a koala keeper for a day on Monday 25th September at Dreamworld. Your adventure starts with an exclusive behind the scenes tour to see our veterinary clinic, food preparation area, and the home of the second largest koala colony on the planet, and lots of other koala activities included. Be quick, limited places available.

    Ages: 8 and above

    Date: Wednesday 25th September, 10:00am – 12:00pm

    Cost: This is a free experience offered by City’s Koala Friends Program. Please note that places are limited.

    To register: Please email education@dreamworld.com.au to register your interest.



    Wildcare Australia Inc: Gold Coast Koalas - An introduction to rescue, care and rehabilitation

    Are you interested in learning more about koalas?

    Wildcare Australia Inc. is holding an Educational Workshop during September that will help residents have a better understanding of how to help local koala populations and what is involved with their rescue, care and rehabilitation.

    Hear from an experienced koala rescuer and carer about topics such as:

    • What is involved with being a koala rescuer and carer;

    • Ways to reduce the risk to koalas in our suburbs;

    • How to identify a sick koala and learn how and when to report them;

    • What to do if you find a sick, injured or orphaned koala; and

    • Examples of methods that wildlife volunteers use to rescue sick and injured koalas;

    This will be followed by a presentation by a leading wildlife veterinarian, who will cover topics such as:

    • Reasons for admission to the wildlife hospital;

    • Veterinary triage and assessment of sick and injured koalas;

    • Common injuries and diseases and how they are treated;

    • Rehabilitation of koalas.

    Final location details will be emailed to you upon confirmation of your booking.

    Suitable only for children 12 years and over. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

    Cost: This is a free experience offered by City’s Koala Friends Program.

    To register: please email enquiries@wildcare.org.au

    Location: Finnegan Way, Coomera

    Date: Saturday 23rd September, 9:30am – 11:30am












    Koala conservation walks

    Have you ever seen a koala in the wild? They are notoriously hard to find. We’ll increase your chances on a special guided koala tour through some of the Gold Coast’s amazing conservation parks.

    Learn about koala food and shelter trees, how to spot evidence of koalas, identifying koala disease and other threats, and how to get involved in koala conservation on the Gold Coast.

    Bookings are essential. Click on the below links to register your interest and find out more.

    Burleigh Koala Conservation Walk - Tuesday 19th September, 10:30am – 12:00pm

    Coombabah Koala Conservation Walk - Wednesday 20th September, 10:30am – 12:00pm

    Coomera Koala Conservation Walk - Thursday 21st September, 10:30am – 12:00pm



    NaturallyGC Creatures of the Dark

    Turn on your night vision and join us for a night time adventure on a light one-hour walk spotting some of Australia’s most iconic animals. The walk will be followed by a half hour wildlife show, so you’re guaranteed to see some amazing wildlife up close.

    Bookings required, click here to register your interest and find out more.

    Date & Time: 18th September; 7pm – 8:30pm

    Location: Burleigh Heads

    Ages: Eight and over (strict age limit applies)


    NaturallyGC Walk on the Wildside

    Bound along and discover what the kangaroos, koalas and other wildlife get up to at Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Area on a guided walk with a natural areas officer. This one-hour walk through the wetlands and boardwalk is a great way to get kids rediscovering nature.

    Ages: Suitable for ages four to 12.

    Bookings required. Click on the following links below to register your interest and find out more.

    Coombabah LakelandsConservation Area - Session 1:

    Date & time: Thursday 21 September; 8:00am – 9:00am

    Coombabah LakelandsConservation Area - Session 2:

    Date & time: Saturday 30th September; 8:00am – 9:00am


    Upper Coomera and Elanora Library koala displays

    Visit the Upper Coomera or Elanora branch libraries this September holidays and discover a wealth of resources to help you learn more about koalas. Both branches will have a display with important library resources on koalas, plus information on how you can get involved in koala conservation on the Gold Coast. The displays will be installed from the 16th to the 30th September.

    Upper Coomera Library

    Corner Reserve and Abraham Roads

    Upper Coomera QLD 4209 (parking and entry off Abraham Road)

    Elanora library

    The Pines shopping centre, Guineas Creek Road

    Elanora QLD 4221
  • Discovery in the Garden (DIG): Gold Coast Botanical Gardens

    4 months ago
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    Get your hands dirty while learning about koalas and their habitat with a free day of science and gardening fun at the beautiful Botanic Gardens.

    There will be interactive displays about bats, koalas, bugs, boomerangs, botanical art, bush food, racing robots and reptiles. Hear from speakers Jerry Coleby-Williams, Annette McFarlane and more, and take part in activities such as guided walks, nature journaling and nature adventures for the kids. Not to mention plants for sale, face painting, great food and coffee.

    Discovery in the Gardens - Saturday 12 August, 10am-2pm

    Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens

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    Get your hands dirty while learning about koalas and their habitat with a free day of science and gardening fun at the beautiful Botanic Gardens.

    There will be interactive displays about bats, koalas, bugs, boomerangs, botanical art, bush food, racing robots and reptiles. Hear from speakers Jerry Coleby-Williams, Annette McFarlane and more, and take part in activities such as guided walks, nature journaling and nature adventures for the kids. Not to mention plants for sale, face painting, great food and coffee.

    Discovery in the Gardens - Saturday 12 August, 10am-2pm

    Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens

    230 Ashmore Road, Benowa

    Click here to find out more details about the event.
  • How much does it cost to treat and care for a koala in hospital?

    4 months ago
    Jo and kathleen 23 may 12

    Anyone with a pet will know that a visit to the vet is not cheap. With advances in medicine and surgery, often what can be done to help animals today is only limited by the funds available to treat them.

    The Currumbin Wildlife Hospital is very fortunate to have been donated a lot of its medical equipment, but it is the ongoing cost of medications, anaesthetics, medical disposables, and lab fees that really add up in a hospital treating over 9000 patients annually.

    The cost involved in treating koalas is particularly extensive - ultrasound, laboratory testing, fluid... Continue reading

    Anyone with a pet will know that a visit to the vet is not cheap. With advances in medicine and surgery, often what can be done to help animals today is only limited by the funds available to treat them.

    The Currumbin Wildlife Hospital is very fortunate to have been donated a lot of its medical equipment, but it is the ongoing cost of medications, anaesthetics, medical disposables, and lab fees that really add up in a hospital treating over 9000 patients annually.

    The cost involved in treating koalas is particularly extensive - ultrasound, laboratory testing, fluid therapy, medications and lots of fresh gum daily, is just a part of what is involved to care for these beautiful animals. Currumbin Wildlife Hospital spends on average more than $6000 on each koala patient that is admitted and costs add up very quickly.

    If you would like to get involved in supporting the Hospital and the koalas in their care, click here to find out about the different ways you can help.