BANJO the stolen koala has been found dumped in the car park of the Australian Reptile Park.
An anonymous caller rang the park about 2pm and told the girl on reception the koala was in the car park.
Keepers rushed out to find the 13-year-old koala in a plastic waste bin with a milk crate over the top of him.
Head keeper Tim Faulkner said banjo was recovered in fairly good condition.
He is slightly dehydrated and is currently being administered fluids.
The 13-year-old named Banjo was off display when he was stolen from an enclosure at the Somersby park near Gosford some time Monday night.
General manager Mary Rayner said the targeted theft was ``very distressing'' and no other animals were taken.
``We were giving him a supplementary paste and it's his first winter in NSW,'' Ms Rayner said.