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Mid North Coast of NSW is:

 

Leaf collecting is done several times per week

Leaf collecting is done several times per week

 

Leaf collecting - special varities

Leaf collecting - special varities

 

Vet Donald Hood and Kia

Vet Donald Hood surgically repairs damage to Kia's lip so he is able to eat

 

Vet Donald Hood and Kia during operation

Vet Donald Hood operating on Kia's lip

The Work We Do

KOALAS IN CARE INC.'s highest priority is to render assistance to any koala in need. We admit and/or deal with approximately 65 koalas per annum. All koalas brought in are cared for at our koala care facility based in Taree, NSW. Our facility has 7 outside holding units, 3 intensive care units, a fully enclosed yard, 2 critical care units, 3 nursery units and 2 humidi-cribs for furless koala joeys.

We operate a 24 hour Koala Rescue Service for sick/injured/orphaned koalas and care for unfurred koala joeys through to aged koalas. All koalas admitted are examined and treated by vets at Taree Veterinary Hospital. After their initial examination koalas are seen weekly but more often if their condition requires it. Dr Donald Hood is a patron of KOALAS IN CARE INC.

While in care our koala patients receive weekly sessions of Bowen Therapy. This compliments the medical treatment given by our Vets and helps the koalas to relax while in captivity. Our Bowen Therapist, Nancy Dixon works with each individual koala, some receiving a general session for well-being and stimulating their immune system, and others receive more specific moves for identified injuries or ailments. Bowen also seems to stimulate the koala's appetite which is a bonus in times of illness.

We operate two shifts per day, 7 days per week at our facility – the morning shift takes care of the cleaning of all koala units and koalas are supplementary fed, given their medication, before being settled back in their units for the day. The afternoon shift prepares the incoming fresh leaf for each individual koala and treats those koalas requiring medication in the afternoon. Our facility has around-the-clock care for those koalas that are critically ill or injured and for the koala joeys that are being reared.

Fresh leaf supplies are collected four times per week in all weather conditions (more often in the hot summer months). At least five Eucalyptus species are collected each time and special attention is given to those koalas with a particular need for a species that is not usually collected. Harvesting of leaf for our facility is rotated so as not to diminish any one area. We have several leaf collecting areas to allow different areas to be rested. Good quality leaf is a must for sick koalas. Particular care is taken to feed each koala only those Eucalypt species that grow within its home-range or in the close vicinity. These species vary greatly throughout our operational area.

Please, visit other pages of our website for more of an insight into other aspects of our koala work.

 

KOALAS IN CARE INC. - Aims & Objectives:

  1. To rescue/care/administer appropriate medical treatment to injured/diseased wild koalas admitted into the Association’s care.
  2. To release rehabilitated koalas back to their home range/territory as soon as practical.
  3. To endeavour to enhance available koala habitat through planting of endemic koala food tree species whenever appropriate.
  4. To conduct the Association’s activities in a professional manner within the Guidelines of the Licence as issued by the Office of Environment & Heritage.
  5. To record & maintain information relating to koala care, treatments, habitat, etc.
  6. To provide educational information by verbal or written means to increase public understanding of koala issues.
  7. To encourage the general public/environmental groups to plant endemic koala food trees, and advise on appropriate species.
  8. To work with local Councils, Office of Environment & Heritage, Government and private landowners to protect the wild koala population and its habitat.

We cannot achieve this without your help!

      

Christeen and Paul were the founding members of KIC      

Christeen and Paul are the founding members of Koalas In Care Inc.       

      

      

      

      

      

      

 

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24 Hour
Rescue Service
(02)6552 2183


If no answer, use mobile number
0439 406 770

We cover Greater Taree, Great Lakes and Gloucester areas
of NSW.

Vet, Donald Hood gives 'Cookie' his weekly check-up

Vet, Donald Hood gives 'Cookie' his weekly check-up

 

Koala units are setup like this

Koala units are setup like this

 

Koala units are cleaned daily

Koala units are cleaned daily

 

Leaf collecting for our koala patients

Leaf collecting for our koala patients

 

Wilma had been hit by a car

Wilma had been hit by a car but made a full recovery and was released.
She gave birth while in care