Furry Hope: Adam Joins Thriving Koala Community in Wacol

A two-year-old koala named Adam has joined a thriving koala community at Pooh Corner, a bushland reserve in Wacol, as part of the Koala Reestablishment Program.

The initiative aims to strengthen the declining koala population in the region, by creating a sustainable habitat for these iconic creatures. 

Plans to achieve this, through careful planning and collaboration with the University of Queensland, have been set in place to establish a sanctuary where koalas can flourish, reproduce and survive. 

Recent sightings and the birth of a new joey signal the resilience and adaptability of the reintroduced koalas.  Signs of a growing koala community are evident at Pooh Corner, raising hopes for the success of the re-establishment program amidst the lush greenery.

Adam joins a community of koalas that include Attie, Chandler, Glenda, Heaven, Karri, Lady Jane, Matilda, Olive, Oscar, and Olive’s unnamed joey, who have called Pooh Corner home since 2022.

Adam Koala Pooh Corner Wacol

Acquired by the Council in 2006 through the Bushland Acquisition Program, Pooh Corner has undergone habitat restoration efforts, rendering it an ideal sanctuary for koalas.

Dr. Sean FitzGibbon of The University of Queensland’s Koala Ecology Group commends the Council’s leadership in koala conservation, noting Pooh Corner’s rich koala habitat and the proactive reintroduction project.

This initiative demonstrates the feasibility of reestablishing koala populations in areas where they have previously disappeared, contributing to the long-term survival of the species in Brisbane and providing residents with opportunities to encounter koalas in their natural habitat

The success of the Koala Reestablishment Program has encouraged plans to expand into new territories, including Mount Coot-tha Reserve, Marstaeller Road Reserve, and other potential sites. These locations offer promising habitats for reintroduced koalas, with abundant food sources and suitable living conditions.

Published 3-May-2024

Over Capacity Hits Wildlife Hospital in Wacol, Injured Koala Denied Treatment

Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) Queensland is facing criticism raising concerns about the organisation’s capacity to care for wildlife in need, after its Wildlife Hospital in Wacol turned away a severely injured koala because they were allegedly “too busy.”

The ordeal began when a koala was viciously attacked by a dog in the Scenic Rim region Thursday, 21 Sept 2023. The injured marsupial was in desperate need of veterinary attention. 

However, the RSPCA Wildlife Hospital in Wacol, reportedly declined to treat the wounded koala, instead diverting it to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary on the Gold Coast, a journey that would take approximately 2.5 

Wildlife Rescue Sunshine Coast, an organisation that has been advocating for an inquiry into the RSPCA following a series of controversies, strongly condemned this decision. They pointed out that the Brisbane Wildlife Hospital could have, at the very least, offered to stabilise the injured animal, provide pain relief, sedation, and possibly administer a drip to ensure a more comfortable journey to Currumbin. 

An RSPCA Queensland spokeswoman responded to the criticism, explaining that the Brisbane Wildlife Hospital had been overwhelmed with 22 koala cases during the week, which exceeded the capacity of their veterinary team and facilities. 

Apparently, the hospital had been caring for 130 other animals simultaneously.

RSPCA koala
Photo Credit: Laura Barry/Unsplash

RSPCA Queensland emphasised that they treated the highest number of wildlife cases in the southeast, admitting 24,000 native animals in the past year, a significant increase compared to 8,359 a decade ago. 

The spokesperson highlighted the urgent need for a new purpose-built facility to address capacity issues and better support wildlife care in South East Queensland.

The incident comes amidst a turbulent period for RSPCA Queensland, with ongoing controversies including an independent whistleblower investigation and public outcry over executive bonuses. The organisation is also currently facing unfair dismissal claims by two former executives who allege they were terminated for exposing “maladministration, misconduct, and corruption.” 

Published 28-Sept-2023