Becoming Friends of the Koala

November 29, 2012


We all deserve a home, to feel safe, loved and looked after. Our little koala friends have had some challenges getting a safe home these days. Loss of their natural habitat and changes to traditional travel routes, mean koalas spend more time on the ground and less at home.

This increases their susceptibility to disease, accidents with cars and dog attacks. Like all of us, they need a sustainable home and care when they are sick or injured.

Andrea and Geoff from Global Therapeutics, have been busily creating a Koala haven. They began 30 years ago while building their own home, an oasis in the beautiful hinterland outside Byron Bay. Valuing the importance of living closely to their natural environment, they planted hundreds of eucalyptus seedlings. Like all small beginnings, the seedlings grew and grew and grew… A menagerie of wildlife from insects, wallabies, and now a koala colony, reap the benefits of this long and patient project.

Creating a safe habitat for koalas has been wonderful news for Kimble the Koala. He needed a safe new home after being attacked by local dog. Fortunately, sick, injured or orphaned Koalas have some friends who are looking out for them. Kimble was placed into the care of Friends of the Koala (FOK), who provided much needed surgery and specialised hospital care. Once he was well enough to wonder out into the world, he was introduced to Andrea and Geoff’s beautiful property to join the already established koala colony.

Friends of the Koala are a valued non-profit community group in Lismore, who passionately promote the conservation of koalas in the Northern Rivers region. The volunteers who run FOK, rescue and rehabilitate koalas needing help, and then introduce them to safe new homes. FOK actively promote habitat restoration in the Northern Rivers Region, research, awareness and provide practical strategies in koala care.
Andrea & Geoff enjoy a deeper connection to their property, knowing it is supporting this wonderful and threatened species. Making changes that support the health of our home, flows on to support our own health and stretches beyond ourselves to touch those who enter our life. A benefit Kimble can testify to.

To learn about FOK visit