Wildlife Hospital

We provide best practice care for sick and injured koalas.

The care a koala receives is highly specialised depending on its needs. Our koalas and other native wildlife are cared for in the Wildlife Hospital rehabilitation facility.

Dr. Donald Hudson is Port Stephen’s Koala Hospital’s Resident Veterinarian and is devoted to saving our precious wildlife. He is supported by a team of qualified vet professional staff and volunteers.

Caring for endangered animals takes time and money, so your support is invaluable and your donations will help in saving our precious koalas.

Our Specialised Care

The Clinic Port Stephens Koala Hospital - Port Stephens Koalas

The Clinic

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

ICU room - Port Stephens Koala Hospital - Port Stephens Koalas

ICU Rooms

ICU rooms are climate-controlled with air conditioning with humidicribs for critically ill koalas, where they will be ‘housed’ before or after an operation or when they require close observation.

State of the art Operating theatre - Port Stephens Koala Hospital

Operating Theatre

We have a fully equipped operating theatre where we perform essential surgery for the survival and recovery of injured koalas and other Australian animals.

X-Ray Port Stephens Koala Hopsital - Port Stephens Koalas


Our on-site X-ray machine means we can diagnose and treat injuries quickly to provide injured animals with a much 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 Road site now houses the purpose-built Wildlife Hospital and  rehabilitation facility, all easily accessible to our volunteers and medical staff.  This significantly increased 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 to recover and be released back to the wild.