Saving South Australia’s Koalas

For sick or injured koalas in South Australia please call our 24 hour hotline on 0435 056 252 (0435 0 KOALA). Please DO NOT call this phone number for non-rescue related queries.

About SKR

Southern Koala and Echidna Rescue Ltd (also known as Southern Koala Rescue) is a registered charity run by fully trained, professional carers and a team of passionate volunteers. We work closely with other rescuers, sanctuaries, vets and government bodies in South Australia and nationally.

Demand for our services has meant we urgently need to bring forward the establishment of a Koala Rehabilitation Centre, to ensure there are appropriate rehabilitation facilities available in South Australia. The Centre will expand our existing rehabilitation facilities meaning we can offer specialised care, community education and rescue services.

Koalas in South Australia face an uphill battle for survival. With koala habitat becoming increasingly fragmented from continued residential development and bushfires making food sources harder to find, our state’s koalas have to travel further for food. Unfortunately, this means that they often fall victim to incidents with cars and trucks. Dog attacks are also a major issue for urban and rural koalas. Not only do they suffer from the effects of habitat loss (from bushfires and urban development), they also have to contend with the increase of disease and illness, particularly Chlamydia, Retrovirus and Renal Disease that plague the population.

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Message re Koalas injured by bushfires

The 2019/2020 bushfires across the whole of Australia have had a huge impact on the Australian koala population as a whole. It is estimated 80-90% of the habitat for the Kangaroo Island population of Chlamydia free koalas has potentially been decimated. Southern Koala Rescue not only assist with koalas injured by bushfires, we also assist koalas that are heat affected, orphaned koalas or injured through vehicle accident, dog attack, misadventure etc.

Southern Koala Rescue is dedicated to ensuring the survival of one of our most iconic species.

Coming soon

rehabilitation centre

Stage 1:

Mish and Wade Simpson recently purchased a 22 acre property in Southern Adelaide

The vision for Southern Koala Rescue is to transform part of the property into a state of the art, purpose-built Koala Rehabilitation Centre. The Centre will include a triage area and hospital facilities, indoor and outdoor hospital wards, outdoor gunyah’s for koalas in long term care plus enclosures for echidnas and other native wildlife that come into care. The Centre will also have on site koala food plantations to assist with sustainable practices.  The plans for the Koala Rehabilitation Centre are for it to be self-sufficient, e.g. run by solar panels/batteries and on rain and bore water, etc, so that in the event of a bushfire or other natural disaster the koalas and other wildlife won’t be impacted.

We need your help to build the Koala Rehabilitation Centre!

The initial estimated cost to build the Koala Rehabilitation Centre is $128,000. We are hoping to reduce that cost through donation of goods and services.

Please contact us on if you can assist us with:

Building Supplies

  • Concrete supplies and services
  • 1.5m x12m Shed
  • Blanket insulation
  • Gyprock sheets
  • Skirting
  • Construction timber
  • Glass sliding doors
  • 50mmx50mm steel mesh
  • Misting systems
  • Irrigation supplies
  • Irrigation Controller
  • Water pumps
  • Rainwater tanks
  • Plumping Supplies
  • Solar Panels
  • Solar Power Inverter
  • 5kw Solar battery
  • LED fluro lights
  • LED flood lights
  • Petrol powered post hole digger
  • Electrical Supplies and Services
  • Concrete Sheeting
  • Shadecloth
  • Commercial mulcher
  • Pruning supplies
  • Wheelie bins
  • Plant nursery trolleys
  • Treeguards and stakes
  • Snake/vermin wire mesh
  • 2.4m fencing and posts
  • Water troughs
  • Fire fighting trailer

Hospital Supplies;

  • Laboratory microscope (Olympus brand preferred)
  • Microscope supplies
  • Opthalmoscope
  • Cordless shavers
  • Shelving and storage
  • Stainless Steel benches and sinks
  • Portable anaesthetic machine
  • Lockable Safe
  • PCR Genie (for on-site chlamydia testing)
  • ICU units/incubators
  • Fluid pump
  • Oxygen Concentrator
  • Large Veterinary scales
  • Solar Battery

A shout out to the following who have assisted with donations of wishlist items:

WG Builders P/L for assisting with planning and design of the Centre.

Clinpath Services who donated 2 centrifuges for the hospital

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