The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, opened in 2004, and is a major project of Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors. As the hospital’s major sponsor, Australia Zoo provided the land on which the Hospital was built and $1.2 million to assist with its construction. Australia Zoo also provides ongoing financial support for the Hospital of $2 million annually, fulfilling Steve’s wish that all of the charity’s administration costs be covered so that 100% of donations could be applied directly to saving Australian wildlife.
The hospital is overwhelmed with patients and getting busier every day. Steve Irwin Day, on November 15 2008, marked a milestone event in the history of the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, with the much-anticipated official opening of a ground-breaking new hospital facility like no other – the largest wildlife hospital in Australia, perhaps even the world, and arguably Australia’s “greenest” and best equipped wildlife treatment facility, nestled alongside Australia Zoo.
- Nearly 100 wildlife emergency calls are received every day
- Up to 30 different species are admitted to the hospital every day
- Usually with around 80 koalas undergoing treatment
- Approximately 70% of patients are victims of car accidents or domestic pet attacks
- The cost to treat one animal ranges from $100 to thousands of dollars
A dedicated rescue team operates from the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, collecting sick, injured and orphaned koalas and other native wildlife within south-east Queensland. These patients are provided with first-class care and rehabilitation before being released back into the wild.
The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital includes a veterinary facility with an intensive care room and laboratory, and separate holding facilities for males and females, and diseased and non-diseased koalas. There is also an orphan enclosure designed specifically to allow hand-raised koalas to develop climbing skills and minimise contact with human carers before being released back into the bush.
The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital has several full-time veterinarians on board, as well as a hospital manager, vet nurses and volunteers who all provide first-class care for sick, injured and orphaned animals. The hospital team also undertakes research into koala diseases, migration patterns and wildlife health management, and consults on land clearing.
Our volunteers are an integral part of the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital team. People decide to participate in our volunteer program for many different reasons, but the common element that draws our volunteers together is their love and passion for wildlife.
Many of the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital volunteers have come to the hospital as part of their work experience programs for school or university, or to gain experience to help further their careers. Others decide to volunteer to find out what it’s like to be a Wildlife Warrior, or simply to experience a different field of work to their own. Many volunteers come just for fun!
Keep track of the hospital’s dedicated work at www.wildlifewarriors.org.au/wildlife_hospital