The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital is a very special place. For forty years this dedicated, caring operation has been carrying out amazing koala rescue and rehabilitation. The staff is volunteer and the management looked after by a charitable organisation, the Koala Preservation Society Australia.
While it is not a ‘zoo’ or koala sanctuary, visitors will arguably glean more knowledge and come away with greater fondness for these wonderful little critters. Between 200 and 250 koalas are admitted to the hospital each year – many are affected by Chlamydia and most are admitted following motor accidents or dog attacks.
The hospital has a treatment room (with large window to allow easy viewing), 8 Intensive Care Units, 6 outdoor intensive care units and 33 rehabilitation yards, many of which have trees to enable koalas to learn to climb again. Visitors can observe recovery, care and feeding in the yards (and see neonatal care in the treatment room humidicrib!)
There are displays, training groups and guided Walk & Talk tours (3:00pm daily). The hospital is in the grounds of Roto House Historic Site, Lord Street, Port Macquarie.
Here’s a short video that features Jimmy, a little koala orphan. Warning, this may come with a serious ‘awwwww’ reaction.