Wildlife Hospital

We provide best practice care for sick and injured koalas.

The care a koala receives varies depending on its needs. Our koalas are cared for in the Wildlife Hospital rehabilitation facility.

Dr. Donald Hudson, who has given many hours of his valuable time to save our precious wildlife is now resident vet at our hospital and is supported by qualified vet professional staff and volunteers.

Wildlife Hospital - Port Stephens Koalas

Our Specialised Care

The Clinic Port Stephens Koala Sanctuary - Port Stephens Koalas

The Clinic

The clinic will be the first point of call for injured or sick koalas or wildlife. They will be triaged and assessed for the care they need. Visitors will also be able to view the Koala Hospital clinic through the large observation window and see first-hand the care the animals receive.

ICU room - Port Stephens Koala Sanctuary - Port Stephens Koalas

ICU Rooms

Climate-controlled with air conditioning and humidicribs for critically ill koalas, this is where koalas will be before or after an operation or when they require close observation.

Operating theatre - Port Stephens Koala Sanctuary - Port Stephens Koalas

Operating Theatre

We have a fully equipped operating theatre so we can perform surgery as required for koalas and other small animals.

X-Ray Port Stephens Koala Sanctuary - Port Stephens Koalas

X-Ray

Our on-site X-ray machine means we can diagnose and treat injuries quickly for a better chance of recovery.

Our Wildlife Hospital story

In 2017 a simple demountable shed with four rehabilitation yards was the central location for housing equipment and organising volunteers.

Long-term, our dream was to have a fully integrated hospital and display enclosures connected to our rehabilitation yards so that whatever care a koala needed, they could be treated in one place.

In 2020, the vision for a hospital became reality after years of planning and hard work.

The Gan Gan Rd site now houses the purpose-built Wildlife Hospital and  rehabilitation facility, all easily accessible to our volunteers and the medical staff who  work with us. This significantly increases our capacity to deal with emergencies.

The Wildlife Hospital means we no longer have to transport injured or sick koalas to a vet clinic, often stressful for the animal. The more relaxed a koala is, the more likely they are likely to recover and be released back to the wild.