The Koala Hospital
The Hospital was established in 1973 by a concerned local couple who cared for injured koalas in their home. The hospital is set in the beautiful grounds of Macquarie Nature Reserve and has an eight ward intensive care building plus around thirty outdoor rehabilitation enclosures. A viewing window into the hospital clinic allows visitors to see koalas being treated under anaesthesia etc.
The hospital is a research centre and works alongside universities, and also sits on a number of advisory panels for the government and council. The Koala Hospital hosts a National Koala Conference every three years or so. The next one is planned for 2020.
The hospital is a training organisation and conducts trainings on koala rehabilitation anywhere in Australia. The Koala Hospital sells a Koala Rehabilitation Manual which has been sold throughout Australia and internationally. They welcome veterinarians, vet nurses, researchers, zookeepers and wildlife carers for training/work experience.
The Koala Hospital runs totally on donations and does not receive government funding. The cost of operating the hospital currently is around $700,000 per year, and they rely on funds from the public raised through their Adopt A Wild Koala Program, donations, bequests and other fundraising activities.The hospital is run by a small staff of paid employees and a large staff of volunteers.
Get in touch with the Koala Hospital today to find out how you can help stop the extinction of koalas!