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Save more koalas - plant more trees

Plant more trees and save more koalas

How can we save more koalas for Save the Koala month? By planting more trees! Unfortunately, habitat availability and habitat destruction is the single greatest threat to the survival of koalas and as part of Save the Koala month, Friends of the Koala aims to raise awareness for what is one of the core objectives … Read more


Local news round-up for September

Get ready for the great Northern Rivers Koala Count! Together with Northern Rivers Koala Partnership – which includes local Councils of Ballina, Byron, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Tweed – we are asking you to look for koalas and make a special effort to report sightings on our website. Our week-long initiative runs from September … Read more

Mark Wilson, Friends of the Koala, Nursery Manager

Volunteers in Focus in August

This month in our Volunteers in Focus update, we highlight the amazing work of Mark Wilson our Nursery Manager, Maria Matthes, Area Coordinator for Ballina & Richmond Valley LGAs and Friends of the Koala Emergency Response Coordinator and Fiona Dawson, Leafing Coordinator. Mark Wilson, Nursery Manager Mark joined Friends of the Koala in 1992 as … Read more

Why do koalas sleep so much?

Why do koalas sleep so much?

Koalas are known for their sleepy habits – catching more than the average animal in z’s. But is this true? Let’s bust some myths – do koalas spend all of their time sleeping and if so why do they sleep so much?! Yes koalas sleep a lot! Koalas sleep between 18 and 22 hours out … Read more

Hanging out at East Coraki

East Coraki second community planting day

Friends of the Koala’s second community planting day will take place on Saturday 19th of August and we invite you to join us! Our second community planting day is again made possible thanks to the Australian Government’s grant for its ‘Hanging out at East Coraki: Koalas thriving in an agricultural landscape’ – project. Our first … Read more

Gidja and Boori - koala mum and joey

August at Koala Kindy

We have been extremely busy at Friends of the Koala during August at Koala Kindy with a large number of admissions to our hospital and care centre. This is partly due to this particular time of year in Australia, more koalas are on the move, spring is in the air. However, there is a larger … Read more

Koala in wild habitat

A big win for koala habitat in Goonellabah!

We are delighted to report a recent win for koalas. Wins don’t happen very often, especially when it comes to urban development versus habitat. A win every now and then gives us hope and strength to continue our work to save the koala for future generations. Friends of the Koala strongly opposed a planning permission … Read more

Friends of the Koala

Launching our new website

We’ve had a make-over! After months of hard work from our very small team and fabulous designers, we are ready to reveal our new and improved website. We hope you love it as much as we do! Earlier this year we set out to create a website with improved functionality for you the user and … Read more

Meet our Volunteers who work tirelessly to save koalas

Volunteers in Focus July

Volunteers are an integral part of our organisation and collectively have far-reaching impact – on our organisation, wildlife conservation, the local community and society as a whole. Within our industry our amazing volunteers and their achievements are well known. This month we congratulate those who have completed their koala care induction program which includes a … Read more

Kids Corner

Press Release – Car Hits

Friends of the Koala Raises Alarm as Koala Car Hits Surge in the Northern Rivers Northern Rivers, 30-06-2023 – Friends of the Koala, the leading koala conservation organisation in the Northern Rivers, is deeply concerned about the alarming rise in the number of koala car hits in the region. The organisation is urging the public … Read more