Information on wildlife, koalas and who to contact if you find injured animals
The fauna of our region is very rich and varied and is characterised by a high density of species. North-east NSW is home to:
- 45 species of non-flying mammals.
- 31 species of bats.
- 400 species of birds.
- 87 species of reptiles.
- 43 species of amphibians.
- 48 species of freshwater fish.
Many rare and threatened species can be found in our area. Having an abundance of wildlife around us is a special thing but also increases the likelihood of finding injured wildlife.
If you find injured native wildlife, please contact one of the following organisations:
Northern Rivers Wildlife Carers. 24-hour rescue hotline 6628 1866.
WIRES Northern Rivers (Wildlife Information and Rescue Emergency Service). Emergency hotline 6628 1898.
If you find an injured koala, you should contact Friends of the Koala's rescue hotline 6622 1233.
The scientific name for the koala is Phascolarctos cinereus, which means ‘ash-coloured pouched-bear’. Lismore and the surrounding area is blessed with a higher than average population of koalas including a significant urban koala population in south-east Lismore and a robust population in Rosebank.
Koalas feed predominantly on eucalyptus leaves and an abundance of appropriate food tree species are vitally important to the wellbeing of our local koala populations.
Koalas are under considerable threat from rapidly expanding urban centres, which threaten habitat occupied by koalas. In NSW it has been estimated that less than 15,000 individuals remain. Within NSW, koalas are recognised as ‘Vulnerable’ under the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995.
The main threats to the survival of our local koalas is loss of habitat, increased disturbance by humans, injury or death from traffic, injury or death from dogs and cats, increased competition for food and territory because of overcrowding, and increased stress on animals, making them more susceptible to disease.
Everyone in the community can help koalas by sticking to a few simple rules and being conscious that we share our backyards with these beautiful native animals. Find out how you can help maintain our koala population by reading our educational brochure Koalas in our Backyard.
Friends of the Koala is a non-profit community group run by volunteers that is based in Lismore and is dedicated to conserving koalas in the Northern Rivers. They have a Koala Care Centre where they provide care for injured and/or sick koalas with the aim being recovery and re-release into the wild. They are always looking for volunteers to help with a range of jobs, from caring for koalas to planting food trees.
In 2013 Council adopted a Comprehensive Koala Plan of Management for south-east Lismore in order to protect and improve habitat in the south-east of the LGA where our urban koala population predominantly residents.