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Published On: 28 Jul 2022

Ten New Wild Joeys!

Currumbin Wildlife Hospital is thrilled to announce that there have been at least 10 new wild Koala joeys born into the Koala Chlamydia Vaccine Research Program.

The Elanora Conservation Area provides a safe and natural environment for the wild Koalas taking part in the program. We’re delighted to share the video of the recent release of Cassidy and her male joey Cooly after their quick visit to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital. 

Cassidy is one of 22 Koalas that are part of the research program that aims to save the endangered Koala species. Koalas became endangered on the 11th of February 2022 in QLD, NSW and ACT. Our vet team have been working around the clock trying to save every Koala possible.

The objective of this research program is to capture and vaccinate 10% of the sub-adult Koalas per year from the local Elanora population and monitor that population and level of chlamydia over five years. After vaccination, the Koalas are released back into the diseased population with a GPS collar to be tracked and tested 6-12 months later to check if they are chlamydia-free.

The signs of chlamydia include conjunctivitis eyes and/or a wet bottom and it’s important to report any sightings immediately to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital. To report any sick, injured, or orphaned wildlife, please call Currumbin Wildlife Hospital on (07) 5534 0813.

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