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The Koala Information Centre commemorates Sam the Koala who died as a result of the "Black Saturday" bushfires in February 2009.

Sam (2005-07 – 6 August 2009), also known as Sam the Koala, was a female koala from the forests of Mirboo North, Victoria, Australia. She became publicly known when a video and photographs of her being rescued by a firefighter were distributed on the internet and through the media during the aftermath of the Black Saturday bushfires.

Sam was euthanised on 6 August 2009. The decision was made after exploratory surgery on her urinary baldder and uterus to evaluate the possible removal of cysts caused by urogenital chlamydiosis. As her condition was inoperable the veterinarian stated that the decision was made to euthanise to prevent her suffering. Sam's remains were moved to Melbourne Museum  where they were preserved as a symbol of the bushfires.



Address:Western Highway, The Giant Koala, Dadswells Bridge, 3385
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.918117
Long: 142.513882
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Structure
Monument Theme:Culture
Actual Event Start Date:07-February-2009
Actual Event End Date:07-February-2009


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 10th October, 2009
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Plaque :

On This Day, The 10th October 2009,
       John Forrest MP
    Minister for the Mallee 

Officially Renamed The Giant Koala
And Opened The Koala Information
Centre In Memory Of "Sam" The
Koala Who Died As A Result Of
The "Black Saturday" Bushfires
On The 7th February 2009

By The Owners : Robert & Julie-Anne McPherson

Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au