Sam the Koala.
Source: Museum Victoria
The story of Sam the Koala has touched millions of people across Australia and around the world.
Sam became the symbol of the terrible loss and also of the community spirit felt by so many in the aftermath of the devastating bushfires in February 2009.
As the State museum, Museum Victoria collects and records significant events, like natural disasters, so that future generations can learn and reflect on the events that have shaped our lives.
Sam’s placement in Melbourne Museum preserves her story, and her extraordinary role in providing a source of hope to those devastated by the February bushfires. She also plays an important role in educating the community about issues relating to koalas, changes in habitat, the impact of fire on wildlife and the role of wildlife rescue. Sam is permanently on display as part of the Wild exhibition.