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Australia’s First Koala Hospital

Koala Park was created in the 1920’s and officially opened in October of 1930 by the founder Noel Burnet. He became alarmed at the high numbers of koalas shot for the large export fur trade. He feared that if such harsh treatment was allowed to continue, this lovable and unique Australian animal would disappear from the face of the earth forever. From that time on he spent his whole life fighting to protect research and Create a safe environment in which they could live and breed naturally.

This was the beginning of a unique family involvement with the koala that continues to this day, Noel Burnet’s family are still owner-operators of the sanctuary following the same basic principles upon which it was founded.