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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 on the noses of some of our koalas – Rafa and Heart? Koalas fur ranges … 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

Koala Guardians Community Mapping

Koala Guardians Project

Koalas are under threat of extinction. Human developments have impacted on koalas negatively, however, we can also create solutions and reverse the negative trend. And the good news is, there is growing momentum in redressing some of the environmental sins of the past. Enter citizen science and technology. Increasingly, community mapping projects that utilise the … Read more

Save koalas and create a legacy

Koala Kindy December

And just like that some of our biggest joeys are off to soft release on the plantation to see how they will go on the way to being completely free and wild. What is a Soft Release to the Plantation? Soft release is a safe enclosure and the next step in the journey of a … Read more