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Happy Christmas!

Happy Christmas

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Published: December 21, 2017

Final work on our enclosures!

Wire mesh to enclose the undercover outdoor koala enclosure has been the hard work of Brad and Mandy Turner who have given their weekends to us – literally ‘blood sweat and (almost) tears’, free to make this happen.
During the excessive heatwave they toiled and worked to make this beautiful enclosure come to fruition.
Thanks to Brad and Mandy for their precious time and effort. Finally our dreams are coming true!
Brad hard at work!

Girl power! Thanks Mandy

Russell and Luke Hansen, hard at work on the outdoor enclosure.

This is the final stage of the koala rehabilitation before release. They are given time in this outdoor environment where they can build up strength, climbing skill, and get used to being exposed to all weather conditions. They are fed by us and closely monitored during this time to ensure they have no lingering issues.

This work is due to the wonderful support of the Nexus Together Sponsorship Program, and we are so very grateful to them for this help!

Thanks also to Brendon Gray for the supply of recycled roofing sheets for this enclosure free of charge.

Without these wonderful people this would not be possible, and we are immeasurably grateful for their time, energy, and support!


Published: November 1, 2017

Magnet and Grandma

Published: June 18, 2017

Our latest rescue – Kiwi

Found in a farmers paddock, blinded due to severe conjunctivitis, ‘Kiwi’ was rescued and is now undergoing treatment at a specialist wildlife hospital.

Kiwi - rescue
Photo by Sylvia
Very sore eyes, now getting treatment
Photo by Clare Gover

Published: May 19, 2017

Water for Wildlife!

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Australian animals may have evolved for the Australian climate, but with habitat degradation, fences and the dangers of cars and dogs, it is harder for them to access natural water.
Save a life and put out #WaterforWildlife !

Published: February 11, 2017

Looking back at 2016

We are very grateful to the Queensland Government for the grant to help establish a plantation for eucalyptus trees to feed the koalas that come into care, as well as equipment for the koala care center.
2016 was a busy year with increased koala rescues, well above average. Spring and summer are the highest on record of injured and diseased koalas since we started.
With help from volunteers including land care and the government grant we have managed to clear, furrow and plant eucalyptus trees.
The challenges of drought having an effect on the growth of these seedlings having sustained some losses but hope to replant in the New Year to fill in the gaps.
The addition of rainwater tanks and plumbing the long term upkeep of these trees is now realised. All we need now is rain to fill these tanks and allow us to water the very precious new trees!

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Published: January 11, 2017

Harriet and Taylor

Harriet three

(Photo credit: Robyn Stenner)


A call came for an injured mother koala and her infant. The story is a bit unusual – A couple had seen their two horses in the paddock cantering over to, and start pummeling what they thought was their dog, fortunately they were able to intervene immediately on seeing the assault, and chase the horses away. To their astonishment it was not their dog but a mother koala with an infant joey koala on her back.
The mother had been walking across the paddock to get from one tree to another, when the horses spotted them and the attack happened. The baby koala was flung off the back of the mother. She sustained a broken leg and jaw, the baby a badly broken leg.
We rushed both mother and baby nearly 237 kms to the wildlife hospital, where both mother and baby were treated by a veterinary team. We called the mother Harriett and baby Taylor. They were anesthetised, x-rayed and Harriett’s leg was able to be splinted and plastered, she also had a fractured jaw. Taylor’s leg was badly shattered and he had to have it plated and pinned.
Harriett (above) and Taylor on the operating table
Harriett and Taylor in hospital
harriet two(Photo credit: Robyn Stenner)
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Harriet4 (Photo credit: Clare Gover)
harriett (Photo credit: Robyn Stenner)

They spent a long 7 months in hospital recovering, Harriett’s jaw was holding back the release as this was a more complicated and delicate fracture, but eventually they were given the all clear and we were able to release them both.
Queensland laws require the koala is released 1 to 5 kilometres of where it was found, so we had the task of finding suitable habitat within their range. By now Taylor is a sub-adult and ready to find his own territory range.
The area is privately owned farming land, with small holdings grazing and cropping. So any remnant eucalyptus trees are all on these properties. Fragmentation is common and widespread, but koalas are somehow surviving here.
It was a longed for day, as this pair had been in care for so long, unfortunately the vets and nurses were not able to be there to see the release, but we thank them all for their dedication and care and hope they enjoy the photos.
Volunteer Dan helping release Taylor.
Now sub adult Taylor finally tastes freedom.
Harriet up high and free.

A message from us all:
Good bye Harriett and Taylor may you stay safe and free!

Published: January 11, 2016

Welcome to Return to the Wild!

Our Queensland koalas are in danger of disappearing from the wild. This is due to continuing habitat loss and all the dangers this presents.

We rescue and provide critical care and rehabilitation for the koala and as required by the law have to return them to the wild.

From injured or sick adults to tiny orphaned koalas (who have to be fed every 2 to 3 hours – little sleep for us!), we avail ourselves 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There is nothing we do not drop when called out to do ‘a rescue’.

It is both intensely rewarding, and heartbreakingly exhausting, but it is our calling and thus we continue.

We receive phone calls to help all wildlife and even domestic animals, and network with other organisations and carers to help these animals. We have raised and rehabilitated many species over the years, and provide specialist care for the koala and the wombat.

Please help our koalas “Return to the Wild” by donating!

Published: January 4, 2016