Adelaide Koala Rescue

KOALA RESCUE SERVICE - Adelaide Hills + all Adelaide metro areas
Open 24 hours
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Adelaide's heatwave is having a huge impact on koalas. Koalas generally only come to the ground to move between trees. In extreme heat they may seek out shady spots in gardens low in a tree or on the ground. A koala on the ground though needs attention. If only hot and bothered, a bowl of water a...

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2 weeks ago
I have been volunteering at Adelaide Koala Rescue since the 2019 Adelaide bush fires. I feel fortunate to be part of such a wonderful, caring organisation, who together with the support of vets, vet nurses, rescue crew, browse team and clinic volunteers care for and help in the rehabilitation of sick and injured koalas, as well as other wildlife that come their way. To be able to release koalas back into their home environment is their ultimate goal, to see them happy, well and peaceful in their gum trees. Thank you Adelaide Koala Rescue for your time and commitment in providing this essential service for our beautiful koalas and wildlife.
- Kirsten W
8 months ago
Friendly professional call centre receptionist. Jane was friendly and professional and arrived promptly and retrieved the sick Koala this morning. Well done.
- Karen C
3 months ago
I started volunteering with AKR back at the start of the fires I was instantly moved by the amazing efforts of every person there and the care they were taking in such an unimaginable situation. Over the months I have learnt so much and made an amazing koala family that I love being involved in. So many people from management, rescuers, vet staff and volunteers dedicate their time to taking care of not only the koalas but every animal that we get called to. If you're looking to join an amazing team or if you do find injured/unwell wildlife definitely the best people to call!
- Bec S

Have you found a sick or injured koala?

Our 24-Hour Koala Rescue service covers the Adelaide Hills, all Adelaide metro areas and some regional areas.

We work with other agencies to assist with rescuing koalas in conservation parks including Morialta, Black Hill, Anstey Hill, Horsnell Gully, Giles, Cleland and others.

Our team members are trained and skilled in koala and other wildlife rescue and have South Australian Fauna Permits for the rehabilitation of koalas.

We have partnerships with other wildlife rescue groups in SA and can often help with possums, kangaroos and other native wildlife species.

Koalas ALWAYS need attention if:
- hit by car
- attacked by a dog
- found sitting on the ground
- found laying on the groung
- have signs of injury
- are small and potentially orphaned

A koala hit by car ALWAYS needs help. Koalas can walk-off, climb trees and appear ok following a car strike however they usually sustain internal injuries.

A koala attacked by a dog ALWAYS needs checking by a trained koala specialist and/or vet. Their thick fur can hide puncture wounds and they often sustain internal injuries.

Koalas only come to ground to travel between trees. A koala that spends time sitting on the ground needs checking out. A koala laying on the ground needs urgent attention.

Unsure if a koala needs help?
If in doubt, call us out!
We're here to help 24/7

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  • 0413 185 771

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