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What to do if you see a sick, injured or dead koala

A koala may need attention if:

  • It is sitting on the ground and makes no attempt, (or only a weak attempt), to move when approached
  • The eyes look sore, gummed up or have a discharge
  • The bottom is wet or dirty
  • It is obviously injured, unconscious or in a precarious situation
  • It is smaller than a football

If you see a dead koala please check whether it is male or female. If it's a female please check her pouch for the presence of a live baby as the baby can often be saved. Do not pull the baby from the pouch — contact us.



Do not pick up or cuddle a sick or injured koala; it can inflict serious injuries with teeth and claws and handling often causes the koala unnecessary stress. If it is necessary to move an injured koala off the road to prevent it being hit again, please do not take any risks, remember that your own safety must come first.

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Make your garden wildlife friendly

  • Retain and plant trees and native flowering shrubs to provide food and shelter for a variety of wildlife.
  • Plant trees close together to allow arboreal wildlife to move easily and safely from tree to tree
  • Keep cats indoors or provide them with a fully enclosed outdoor 'run'
  • Make your swimming pool wildlife safe by attaching a floating device to a rope tied to a fixed object, (eg. the pool fence or a tree)
  • Avoid using barbed wire, or ensure the top strand is clearly visible, (white tape , plastic bags or reflective discs ,etc.).
  • Use only white, densely woven netting to protect your fruit trees. The fruit will still ripen but bats, birds and reptiles will not become entangled in it.
  • The wrong type of netting can be deadly. Choose netting that you cannot poke your finger through, such as "Hail Guard"