Something about us

We are a non-profit association based in South East Queensland.
We provide rescue, trauma care, hand rearing and rehabilitation of koalas, wombats and other Australian wildlife.

One of our specialties is caring for koalas.
Vehicle hits, dog attacks, disease and starvation are all killers of this amazing animal.

All of these can be linked back to one overriding cause: Habitat Loss.
Whether selective clearing or wholesale residential development, the impact can be just as devastating to this extremely specialised little marsupial.

For Koala and Wombat rescues on the Darling Downs, call 0427 969860. For other animals and birds, please call 1300 ANIMAL.





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Harriet and Taylor

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(Photo credit: Robyn Stenner)

HARRIETT AND TAYLOR’S STORY

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.
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Harriett (above) and Taylor on the operating table
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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.
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Now sub adult Taylor finally tastes freedom.
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Harriet up high and free.
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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