Koalas may not be adopted for the sake of being kept as pets due to their protected species status, as explained by the Australian Koala Foundation. However, there are various symbolic adoption programs that aim to sponsor the conservation of these endangered animals.
The koala is recognized as a protected species in Australia. The New South Wales government website explains that the animals are endangered by the loss of their habitat, frequent attacks from domestic dogs, road accidents and fires. It is estimated that there are fewer than 80,000 individual koalas left in the wild. This has led to the establishment of several "adopt a koala" programs, where people can donate money that will be spent on taking care of a specific koala specimen.