The Koala Hospital, Macquarie Nature Reserve, Port Macquarie

The Koala Hospital is situated in the grounds of the Macquarie Nature Reserve in Port Macquarie and is dedicated to the care, treatment and preservation of koalas. Facilities at the hospital include eight Intensive Care Units, a treatment room, twenty four hour rescue operation and ten outdoor recovery yards.

The Hospital is run by the Koala Preservation Society of New South Wales who raise funds through their “Adopt A Wild Koala” Program, bequests, donations and fund raising programs. Apart from the Supervisor, and the people who collect the leaves, the facility is operated by volunteers.

The Koala Hospital traces its origins back to 1973 when local couple Jean and Max Starr established what is now the Koala Preservation Society of New South Wales. The first Koala Hospital was built on 1975 with two recovery yards. A replacement hospital was built in 1986, with the first small building taken down. The third stage of development came with the construction of the John Williamson Wing (named after the Australian Country Music Singer who visited the Koala Hospital and wrote a song about the koalas).

Over 200 sick and injured koalas are admitted to the Hospital each year. The most common injuries are as the result of car accidents and dog attacks. The Hospital is also involved in research in association with the University of Sydney into koala diseases such as Chlamydia.

The Koala Hospital is open every day of the year, with visitors welcome any time through the day. A guided tour is run every afternoon at 3.00pm where visitors are taken round the outside yards by a volunteer who explains the history and treatment of each koala, while the koalas are fed by other volunteers.

The Koala Hospital and Study Center is located at Macquarie Nature Reserve on Lord Street, Port Macquarie.

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