Walkabout Park Koala Refuge
Walkabout Park provides refuge for wild koalas 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 had a septic knee which has now recovered, but left him with a permanently stiff knee so, although he can climb, it is more difficult for him to do so. He would not be able to successfully compete for territory and range to forage. However, he is otherwise a perfectly healthy koala.
Arriving at Walkabout Park in 2006 at the estimated age of 7 or 8 years, at that time we expected him to live another 4 or 5 years in a protected refuge like Walkabout Park. In 2014, aged around 14, he is still going strong and has just fathered his fourth joey at Walkabout Park.
In the wild, at age eight, younger males would challenge him and he would likely be too old to claim a mate. However, as he has no competition from other wild koalas at the Walkabout Park Koala Refuge, he continues to reproduce healthy joeys.
Livingstone has fathered four koala joeys at Walkabout Park, with the youngest due to emerge from the pouch around Easter 2014.
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.
Livingstone the Koala
Livingstone the Koala arrived at Walkabout Park on Friday 24 November 2006.
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.
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