Adelaide Koala Rescue (AKR)

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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8 months ago
I have been a volunteer with AKR now for almost 12 months. During that time I have done many different jobs but most rewarding of all is seeing the koalas happy and released back to their homes. If you want to give something back, meet some great like minded people and learn more about our furry friends then this is where you want to volunteer.
- Anne B
8 months ago
I have been very lucky to volunteer at AKR since February 2020. The dedication, commitment, and compassion the team show is truly inspiring. True professionals, from management, to the extremely dedicated Vet staff. South Australia should be extremely proud of this outfit. So much goes on behind the scenes to care for our vulnerable Koalas and other wildlife. Keep it going guys, you are extremely inspiring. 5 Stars without a doubt,
- Georgia R
8 months ago
I have volunteered since May and are so proud to be part of this team. The girls are tireless with their efforts.We have a great success rate with rehabilitation and release which wouldn't be possible with AKRs dedication and knowledge. Our KOALAS need this ongoing help to protect them for our future generations.
- Michelle T

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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495 Swamp Road
Lenswood SA 5250

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