The Koala Hospital was established in 1973 as part of Koala Conservation Australia Incorporated - a non-profit based in Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia dedicated to the treatment and advocation of koalas throughout the region.3
With over 140 volunteers, the hospital is able to admit >200 koalas annually. Depending on the condition, age, and origin of the koala the hospital is equipped to provide treatment in their facilities.4
Since the fires, the hospital has admitted two koalas to undergo rehabilitation. They have also placed over 34 drinking stations across the fire damaged regions to provide water to koalas in transit.5
The hospital consists of a treatment room, 8 Intensive Care Units, 6 outdoor intensive care units and 33 rehabilitation yards, many of which have trees for koalas to learn to climb as part of the rehabilitation process.
The most common cases they see are koalas that are injured by motor vehicle accidents and dog attacks. The hospital also routinely treats patients for chlamydia.
The Koala Hospital frequently participates with University Sydney, University Technology Queensland, and the Australian Museum in researching koala diseases.4
1. Department of Environment and Science, Queensland Government. “Koala Threats.” Department of Environment and Science, Queensland Government, 31 Mar. 2017, environment.des.qld.gov.au/wildlife/animals/living-with/koalas/threats.
2. Taylor, Alan. “Animals Rescued From Australia's Bushfires.” The Atlantic, Atlantic Media Company, 9 Jan. 2020, www.theatlantic.com/photo/2020/01/animals-rescued-from-australias-bushfires/604693/.
3. Franklin, Nathan. “Our History.” Koala Hospital, www.koalahospital.org.au/about-us/our-history.
4. Franklin, Nathan. “Who We Are.” Koala Hospital, www.koalahospital.org.au/about-us/who-we-are.
5. Franklin, Nathan. “Drinking Stations.” Koala Hospital, 13 Jan. 2020, www.koalahospital.org.au/around-the-hospital/drinking-stations.