Adelaide Koala Rescue - Bushfire Appeal

ADELAIDE KOALA RESCUE LIMITED recently launched and has been successfully operating the largest-scale rescue of koalas from the Adelaide Hills bushfire zone. Since December 20th, 2019 we've responded to hundreds of calls to rescue koalas and other species which have been impacted by these devastating bushfires.

When the fires hit, AKR was inundated with calls from Hills residents and emergency services needing help for koalas with burns. Due to a lack of other resources, it was necessary for AKR to quickly establish and self-fund a temporary koala triage facility and source volunteer veterinary professionals to treat the incoming rescues.

AKR has rescued and treated more than 200 koalas in two weeks and has housed up to 120 koalas at any one time. Sadly many koalas and other wildlife have required euthanasia on animal welfare grounds however, we've saved so many more. We've recruited a team of more than 80 veterinarians and vet nurses and in total over 150 volunteers. We've received praise and support for our efforts from a range of government agencies and non-government organisations. In addition to bushfire victims, we've continued to rescue and treat the usual influx of road trauma, dog attack, heat stress and other victims. We've started the new year by successfully releasing over 30 koalas that have been in our care.

AKR is a not for profit organisation and registered charity providing a free 24/7 wildlife rescue service to the South Australian community 365 days of the year.  Due to the volume of koalas we rescue and care for daily, we have little time for fundraising - especially during a bushfire crisis. The cost of saving SA's koalas is funded by our charity . Each of us acquires thousands of dollars worth of necessary rescue equipment that often needs replacing due to wear and tear.

The cost of rehabilitating SA's koalas is shared by us and our veterinary partners. Generally their time is not charged and medications are at cost. Despite this support, we usually still have veterinary bills of around $1000 per month. During the bushfire crisis, this has escalated to more than $4000 per week.

Your donations will be used by Adelaide Koala Rescue Ltd to help pay for:

- Veterinary bills including medication
- Formula and nutritional supplements for handraised joeys and koalas in rehab
- Essential equipment such as transport carriers and rescue poles
- Essential veterinary supplies including bandages and other burns dressings
- Essential veterinary equipment including items for laboratory testing

ADELAIDE KOALA RESCUE LTD  was established in 2018. Key members of our team have 10+ years experience in wildlife rescue and rehabilitation. We are proud to welcome many new recruits since our inception. To join us visit

Your support means we can continue saving SA's koalas. Thank you in advance for your help.

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Jane Brister 
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