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Published On: 24 Mar 2022

We have just hit YEAR 1 of our 5 YEAR Koala Chlamydia Vaccine Research Program!

You can see Vet Nurse Research Supervisor Lewis adjusting a GPS collar on Hans Goober, one of the Koalas part of this critical research program.

In Queensland, New South Wales and the ACT, Koalas are now endangered. More than half of the Koalas admitted into Currumbin Wildlife Hospital are sick and dying from Chlamydia.  This innovative program aims to capture and vaccinate 10% of the sub-adult Koalas per year from the local Elanora population and monitor them 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.  In the meantime, all patients at Currumbin Wildlife Hospital are being vaccinated before being released back into the wild. We will bring you more updates soon! Thank you to the fantastic people and organisations for supporting our mission to save Koalas!

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