The below information is provided by Koala Crusaders:
If you see a koala, whether on your bush walks or in your backyard, it is always important to assess the koala’s health by using the 3 D’s – Danger, Distress or Disease. If the koala falls under any of these categories, please call 1300 ANIMAL (1300 264 625) immediately.
DANGER – Is if the koala is in direct danger of cars, dogs, etc.
DISTRESS – Is if the koala is injured, acting incoherently, or sitting at the bottom of a tree.
DISEASE – Is if the koala is showing signs of infection. Common diseases are:
- Conjunctivitis – pink, crusty and/or swelling around the eyes
- Cystitis – also known as “dirty bottom”
It is vital that you do not touch or approach the koala unless you are a trained handler.
Ensuring the safety of our koalas requires collaboration from everyone within our community. To learn more about koala protection & conservation, please visit the following websites:
1300 ANIMAL is an animal emergency hotline provided by RSPCA Queensland for all animal emergencies.