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Friends of the Koala have seven koala food tree plantations

Koala food tree plantations

As most of you know, we work holistically and on a large scale. Did you know we have seven koala food tree plantations? These plantations are managed by our Plantation Maintenance team led by Heather Gillard. Below is an update about the work on one of the plantations. Check it out. This year, Northern NSW … Read more

Koala chlamydia and Wildlife Hospital funding boost for Northern Rivers

Friends of the Koala Hospital: Pioneering Chlamydia Vaccination for Koalas in NSW

Friends of the Koala’s Northern Rivers Koala Hospital, the cornerstone of koala treatment in the Northern Rivers, has made history by becoming the only wildlife hospital in New South Wales to receive a license to vaccinate all koalas coming through our hospital against chlamydia, in partnership with the University of the Sunshine Coast and New … Read more

Soft release is the final stage of releasing a koala back to the wild

What does it take to ‘soft release’ koalas?

We are delighted to have our first six joeys of the season back in the wild following soft release. Here is an account of what it involves. Pikachu*, Nightshade, Panko and Frankie as well as Baby Bear and Minni Mae have been released and all of them have been spotted since. It has been a … Read more

Charlotte enjoying a nap in the rain

What does a wet koala look like?

By now you will all know what a koala looks like – large round head, big fluffy ears and a large black leathery looking nose, often patterned with pink pigmentation around the nostrils – remember the cute heart shape pattern? Koalas fur ranges from grey to brown, a white chest and if they’re a mature … Read more

Wild Koala Valentine's Day(1)

Happy Valentine’s Day 2024!

Last year on Valentine’s Day we told of a tale of unrequited love as our handsome boy Magnus fell for his little chica Kookie but alas Kookie didn’t seem to share the same devotion. This year, we find ourselves wondering if they ever crossed paths again – perhaps they shared gum leaves at sunset in … Read more

Friends of the Koala are immensely proud and honoured to lead the way in koala care in NSW.

We need to save koalas from extinction Part I

Note: This is the 1st of a series of articles which deals with our approach to saving koalas from extinction and provides indebth information about how we run and what we do in our Koala Hospital and Koala Care Centre. You are probably well aware about the sad fact that Australia’s koala is on the … Read more

Summerland Bank Partnership with Friends of the Koala

Welcome to a new local business partnership

The role of partners Our organisation is full of nice people who do good things. We are a professional charity on the frontline of saving koalas day after day. Our people are on the ground 24/7 in all manner of conditions because saving koalas is the right thing to do and doing nothing is simply … Read more

See what our joeys are up to in Koala Kindy to start off 2024!

Koala Kindy January 2024

Koala Kindy arrivals and departures were very busy these last few weeks which means that our incredible volunteers had a lot to do! It has also been hot and very wet here in the Northern Rivers which poses it’s own challenges. Frankie, Panko, Pikachu, Baby Bear, 8 Mile, Nightshade and Minnie May have all been … Read more

Friends of the Koala resident koala - Charlotte

Volunteers in Focus

2024 is in full swing at Friends of the Koala, thanks to our amazing volunteers who work tirelessly throughout the year and over the holidays to make sure our koalas are well cared for and others are being rescued and treated in our hospital. January is a time to plan and set goals and our … Read more

10 ways to help koalas in 2024

10 ways to help koalas in 2024

It’s the New Year and for some of us this means making resolutions to improve our lives. You are probably exposed to many ‘resolution this, get fit that, lose five pounds doing the other’. Rather than focusing just on self-improvement, as nobel as this is, here are some ideas to take action for the environment … Read more