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Walkabout Park - Koala Refuge


Walkabout Park provides refuge for a animals that have recovered from injury but have some residual problem that makes it impossible for them to be returned to a completely wild environment.

Livingstone's Story

Livingstone the Koala 1998-2017

Livingstone the Koala arrived at Walkabout Park on Friday 24 November 2006.

Arriving at Walkabout Park in 2006 at the estimated age of 8 years, Livingstone had had a serious knee injury and been nursed back to health by the dedicated volunteer team at the Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie.

He was left with a pain-free but 'floppy' knee joint. Although he could climb, it was more difficult for him to do so. He would not have been able to successfully compete for territory and range to forage. However he was, otherwise, a perfectly healthy koala.

In the wild, at age eight, younger males would have challenged him and, even if fully fit, he would have been too old to claim a mate. However, as he had no competition from other wild koalas at the Walkabout Park koala refuge, he continued to reproduce healthy joeys.

He eventually died at age 19 in 2017. During his time at Walkabout Park Livingstone  fathered seven healthy koala joeys. With his wild genes, this has been tremendously valuable for the preservation of his species.

Koala Rescue

The Koala Hospital at Port Macquarie's 24 hour rescue hotline is 02 65841522. Please report dead or injured koalas, and if you do hit a koala, PLEASE stop! Do NOT try to touch the koala as they do have strong claws and teeth and an injured koala is likely to be afraid and to use them. Wait for a trained koala handler to arrive.

About the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital

Livingstone came from the Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie. The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital welcomes visitors - at no charge - 365 days per year. The staff are on duty from 8am to 4.30pm but you are also welcome to walk around and see the koala yards outside these times. The hospital is located in Macquarie Nature Reserve just minutes from the Port Macquarie town centre.

Daily feeds are at 8am and 3pm and visitors join "Walks and Talks" and a guided tour at the 3pm feeding time.

The hospital treats 200 to 300 sick, injured and orphaned koalas per year. The very sick or very young ones start off in the John Williamson Wing intensive care unit. Once they start to gain strength they join the others in outdoor yards where they can enjoy the sunshine. They are fed four kinds of eucalypt fresh daily, and recovering koalas and joeys are also given special low lactose milk formula.

The Koala Hospital is also a Research Centre. In conjunction with the University of Sydney, the hospital studies koalas' seasonal needs, diseases and behavioural patterns as there are still a lot of mysteries surrounding these iconic Australian marsupial mammals.

You can contact the Koala Hospital if you would like to sponsor a wild koala at $40 (Australian payment) or $50 (payment from other countries).

The Koala Hospital contact details:
at Macquarie Nature Reserve, Lord Street, Port Macquarie, NSW 2444
Ph: 02 65841522 Fax: 02 65842399

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