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Faces of FOK: Q&A with Lili

What is your FOK story? When did you join and why?
I joined Friends of the Koala in January 2012, nearly 10 years ago!

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Faces of FOK: Q&A with Lindy

What is your FOK story? When did you join and why?

I joined about three and a half years ago and at that time I had just retired and sold my share of a small business that I

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Faces of FOK: Q&A with Konrad

How long have you been with FOK?I’ve been here since October 2019 when we were hit by the bushfires. I started off as a koala carer and then I moved into a supervisor role. Earlier this year, I also started doing some lab work with the IFAW Sponsored Vet team as part of the internship … Read more

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Faces of FOK: Q&A with Lee

How long have you volunteered with FOK and how did you get involved? I started with Friends of the Koala December last year. I got involved because of a friend who was volunteering already. I had just finished at TAFE and applied to volunteer here too. I began volunteering on the afternoon care shift where we clean … Read more

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Faces of FOK: Q&A with Vik

What is your role? As Volunteer Coordinator, my role includes the recruitment and induction of new volunteers, maintaining our volunteer database, keeping new and existing volunteers up to date and informed about what is going on at FOK and ensuring that new volunteers receive effective training for their roles. A big part of what I do is matching volunteers … Read more

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Faces of FOK: Q&A with Dominique

What is your FOK story and when did you join? This is my second year volunteering with Friends of the Koala, I started in February 2020. I first started doing work with the Nature Conservation Council and in around 2019, we were doing a campaign for the state election about the forestry agreements and those … Read more

Providing Home Care for Koalas

‘I volunteered in the wildlife hospital with koalas for 4 years, learning much about them and also how to handle them with care.  I kept asking questions and the hospital manager thought she could get rid of me by saying I could become a carer, so with her 24/7 help I jumped into it. By … Read more

Volunteering with Friends of the Koala – an international perspective

Volunteering with Friends of the Koala – an international perspective Friends of the Koala was fortunate enough to have Nadine Kuhn from Germany, volunteer full time Monday to Friday for the entire month of January. With Koalas being her favourite animal, Nadine loved the nature of our work and took on all aspects of volunteering … Read more

Inside the demanding role of a Koala Care Coordinator

Care Coordinator Susannah holds koala joey Frazer while Dr. Camille listens to his breathing. Arranging the best care for rescued koalas is a huge job. “Some days it can be crazy with koala after koala coming in,” says Susannah Keogh our Care Coordinator. Susannah manages the care of 300 koalas brought into our Care Centre … Read more

Our very own Gardening Guru

Volunteers are our greatest resource. We are incredibly lucky to have over 100 passionate volunteers that dedicate their time and energy to our cause – without them it would not be possible to do what we do! While a lot of our volunteers are keen to assist with the daily care and rescue of koalas, … Read more