Adopt a Wild Koala - Frequently Asked Questions

When will I receive my adoption?

For E-adoptions you will receive your certificate directly to your email address as soon as your order is finalised. For Adoption Packs please allow up to 10 business days after payment has been processed for Australian delivery, and up to four weeks for overseas delivery.

How long does my koala adoption last?

Koala adoptions last for 12 months. After 12 months we will email you with a reminder that your adoption period is ending and tell you how you can renew your adoption if you wish to do so.

I am buying an adoption as a gift, will it be sent to me?

You can choose to send an E-adoption certificate or Adoption Pack to your address or directly to the recipient.

Will I receive updates on my adopted koala?

At this stage we do not send out individual updates on koalas that are adopted. However, we do regularly post about our permanent resident koalas and temporary patients on our social media pages.

Can I visit my adopted koala?

Yes, if you have adopted one of our permanent resident koalas. Port Macquarie Koala Hospital is open daily from 8:30am to 4:30pm, seven days a week (closed on Christmas Day). With Covid19 restrictions it is essential that you book via our website if you wish to visit.

I have not received my koala adoption pack?

If you have not received your Adoption Pack after 10 business days within Australia, or 4 weeks outside Australia, please email us at adoptions@koalahospital.org.au or call us on (02) 6584 1522. Please advise of the email address used when the order was placed. If you have ordered an E-adoption please also check your junk/spam mail folder.

How many people can adopt a koala?

There is no limit to the number of people who can adopt a koala. Families, businesses, sports clubs etc. can all adopt the same koala.

Can I adopt more than one koala?

Yes, you can adopt as many koalas as you wish.

Does my money go directly to the koala I am adopting?

Your adoption supports all koalas across our Hospital, including your adopted koala. It is challenging and expensive to administer support for your chosen koala alone, and this way you also get to support the koalas that do not receive as much adoption support.

What is the money used for?

Funds raised through our koala adoption program are used to provide support for all the koalas at Port Macquarie Koala Hospital. As well as providing the best possible home for our koalas, we also contribute to research and education programs around Australia; assisting with the conservation, breeding and preservation of koalas and their habitats.

Can I change my koala?

A koala adoption lasts for 12 months and we are unable to change your adopted koala within this period. After your 12 month adoption period you can adopt your chosen koala again or change to one of our other koalas available for adoption.

Is my koala adoption tax deductible?

Yes, $40 of an E-adoption is fully tax deductible and $50 of a $60 Adoption Package is tax deductible within Australia.

Can I cancel my adoption?

A koala adoption lasts for 12 months and is automatically stopped after this time unless you choose to renew your adoption.

I am moving house, where can I update my details?

Please email adoptions@koalahospital.org.au with your details. Alternatively, you can call us on (02) 6584 1522.

Can I use my adoption for promotional purposes?

Koala adoptions and the aligned set of benefits are for personal use however, we have no objection to you posting your adoption certificate on your social media pages.

If you are interested in becoming a corporate partner please contact us by emailing fundraising@koalahospital.org.au or call us on (02) 6584 1522.

Any other questions?

Please email adoptions@koalahospital.org.au and we will respond as soon as we can. The Koala Hospital office is open from 9:00am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).

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