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At Friends of the Koala, we believe in a future for koalas in the NSW Northern Rivers. Operating for over 35 years, we have an established history of working towards positive outcomes for koalas. FOK is licensed to carry out rescue and rehabilitation of diseased and injured koalas across five of the local government areas in the Northern Rivers Region of NSW, covering a 10,000+ sq km area.

Our Mission
Friends of the Koala is committed to conserving koalas and preserving and enhancing their habitat, particularly in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales. In doing this, we aim to make a key contribution to Australia’s biodiversity.

Our core business
Rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing koalas
Protecting and enhancing koala habitat
Educating the community about koalas and issues that affect them
Advocating on behalf of koalas
Assisting relevant research

Key achievements
In the 35 years since Friends of the Koala was first established, with the aim to enhance and protect koala habitat, we’ve become the lead koala conservation group in the Northern Rivers Region of New South Wales. We maintain a 24/7 Rescue Hotline and rehabilitate and release sick and injured koalas. We operate a Koala Hospital (triage, treatment, and pathology clinic) and Burribi – Widjabul word for Koala – (education and administration centre) in East Lismore, NSW. We also issue koala food trees and other rainforest species, work with all levels of government, and provide advice to landowners on preserving and extending koala habitat.

We currently rescue more than a third of the sick, injured and orphaned koalas rescued in NSW (average of 350 koalas per year). Since records began in 1990, Friends of the Koala have grown and issued more than 200,000 koala food trees to landholders and habitat restoration groups across the region. If we were to include rainforest species, the total would be closer to half a million trees. (sourced from website 16/10/2021)


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