Koala ConservationAustralia

  • Total koalas admitted
2004 - 2022

Top reasons for koala admittance

  • Disease
  • Hit by car
  • Orphan
  • Dog attack

Koala Conservation

A Threatened Icon

Famous for their adorable teddy bear appearance and tendency to snooze all day, the koala is internationally recognised and loved. But their numbers are under threat across Australia, they have been labelled "functionally extinct".

No Home, No Koala

Urbanisation of once wild bushland areas threatens the wild koala populations. Koalas rely on eucalyptus trees for food, shelter and safety against predators. Since European settlement, Australia has lost a staggering 80% of koala habitat to deforestation. As their trees disappear, so do the koalas.

Steve and Terri Irwin for Koala Conservation at Australia Zoo

New Threats

Our increasingly man-made world introduces new threats for koalas. As housing estates and busy roads encroach into koala habitat, they’re left vulnerable to road accidents, dog attacks and an imminent spread of life-threatening diseases such as chlamydia. Today, koala numbers are at an all-time low.

Make a generous gift of $5,000 to cover the cost of orthopaedic surgery to repair a koala’s broken limb after a road accident.

Koala Joey Under Treatment at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital

A Hopeful Future

The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital is providing koalas with a lifeline. Each year, we provide treatment for up to 800 sick and injured koalas, making it Australia’s busiest koala hospital. Here, specialist wildlife veterinarians and nurses at the forefront of koala conservation; working around the clock to mend broken bones, treat diseases, care for orphans, and give wild koalas a second chance.

Give $10 and help feed an orphaned koala joey for one day. Feeding pack includes bottle, teat and syringe.

Robert Irwin and an Orphaned Koala Joey at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital

A Deadly Disease

A major threat to koalas is a debilitating bacterial infection: chlamydia. The sexually transmitted disease frequently leads to blindness, severe bladder inflammation, infertility and death. More than 50% of the koalas admitted to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital are infected with disease and in desperate need of treatment.

Donate $100 to provide fluids and pain relief to a critical koala patient in the Intensive Care Unit for 24 hours.

A Koala In the Mammals Intensive Care Unit at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital

Science to the Rescue

With our support, researchers and wildlife veterinarians are working to rid koalas of disease. Through developing advanced diagnostics, treatment strategies and long-term solutions, experts are determined to help koala populations thrive once more. To give youngsters a fighting chance, in 2018 hand-raised orphans at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital are given a chlamydia vaccine before release, to give them the best chance at a long and healthy life, and save koalas forever.

Terri Irwin and an Orphaned Koala Joey at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital

A gift from you today will help save the koala. Will you help us, help them?