Koala Emergency Appeal

We cannot lose Australia’s iconic Koala on our watch.

The news is grim — catastrophic fires have torn through huge areas of vital NSW koala habitat tragically leaving 350 koalas dead.

Koalas were already at high risk of extinction before the east coast fires ravaged their numbers.

The situation was dire for koalas - now it’s devastating. They need your help now more than ever before.

Please send your urgent donation today to help our iconic koalas injured by the bushfires and restore critical koala habitat.

All donations of $2 or more are fully tax-deductible for Australian residents.

$50
can fund vital research to improve long-term survival of koalas reintroduced back to the wild.
Your on-going support is extremely helpful for our conservation, breeding & research programs.
$75
helps to fund emergency care for injured koalas impacted by bush fires.
Your on-going support is extremely helpful for our conservation, breeding & research programs.
$120
can help Taronga plan for the long-term future for koalas.
Your on-going support is extremely helpful for our conservation, breeding & research programs.
$250
can help restore critical koala habitat.
Your on-going support is extremely helpful for our conservation, breeding & research programs.
Other
Your on-going support is extremely helpful for our conservation, breeding & research programs.

Pressures on the koala were already compounding - habitat loss and land degradation, disease, highly fragmented populations, droughts and heatwaves, climate change, predation by non-native species, and urban growth.

And now this. It’s difficult to digest but there’s only one thing to do and that’s to step quickly into action.

We cannot lose Australia’s iconic koala on our watch.


Speaking to Cheyne Flanagan this morning, the koalas in the Koala Hospital are already significantly dehydrated from the drought - these fires are another devastating blow.

“The bushfires in NSW have decimated already declining Koala populations. Search for those still alive is ongoing. We need your help at this critical time so we can rebuild the population into the future.”

 – Cheyne, Clinical Director Port Macquarie Koala Hospital

The urgent funds you give today will help our partner, the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital address the emerging crisis as well as Taronga’s long-term work as we strive to turn around the trajectory of koala populations and care for any injured koalas that are treated at the Taronga Wildlife Hospitals.


We have already sent emergency relief funds to the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital where their incredible vets and wildlife carers are working tirelessly to save the survivors.

Taronga’s two Wildlife Hospitals and Wildlife Health teams are on standby to offer emergency assistance when called upon.

Before this emergency, Taronga has been building our long-term strategy to identify, connect and restore habitat for priority NSW koala populations.

The rehabilitation research we are also undertaking will improve the integration of these rescued and injured Koalas back into the wild.

Once these bush fires pass, there will still be a crisis for koalas. The next couple of years will be more important than ever for the long-term future of Koalas.

Please donate today, your support at this time is more critical and urgent than ever.

Photo credit: Darren Ward.