The koala is an arboreal (tree-dwelling), herbivorous marsupial native to Australia. Found in coastal areas of the mainland’s eastern and southern regions, inhabiting Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, it is easily recognisable by its stout, tailless body; round, fluffy ears; and large, spoon-shaped nose. Koalas from the northern populations are typically smaller and lighter in colour than their counterparts further south. It is possible these populations are separate subspecies, but this is disputed.
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary currently has 54 koalas in our captive population. In addition to being one of the only Queensland destinations that allows people to cuddle a koala, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary also allows access to the onsite hospital. This facility treats over 250 koalas every year, brought in by the local community. In 2014, the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation was awarded a $100,000 grant to continue their well-recognised efforts in saving local koalas.
People can generously donate to the hospital by purchasing a paver for the well-publicised “Walkways for Wildlife”, for which 100% of proceeds go to the protection and rehabilitation of injured and sick koalas.