Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital
Inspired by the memory of Steve’s mum Lyn Irwin who was a pioneer in wildlife care and rehabilitation, the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital opened in March 2004 and is dedicated to saving our native species. It was Lyn’s dream to establish a wildlife hospital, and unfortunately this was not realised until after Lyn had passed away.
Lyn’s dream lives on, providing a lifeline for nature's innocent victims.
AUSTRALIA ZOO WILDLIFE HOSPITAL
In November 2008 we proudly opened a new facility to accommodate the demand for wildlife treatment and care. Today, the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital is the largest and busiest of its kind in the world.
• Up to 100 wildlife emergency calls are received daily
• Up to 30 different species are admitted to the hospital daily
• An average of 70 koalas come through the hospital every month
• Approximately 70% of patients are victims of car accidents or domestic pet attacks
• The cost to treat one animal ranges from $380 - $1500 and up to $5000 for one koala
AUSTRALIA ZOO RESCUE UNIT
Our highly efficient Rescue Unit operates from the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, collecting sick, injured and orphaned native wildlife reported within South East Queensland through the Wildlife Emergency Hotline. The Rescue Unit act as a Wildlife Ambulance, part of a network of teams throughout Australia dedicated to ensuring wildlife receive the best care no matter where they’re found.
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 a rainforest 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. There are also dedicated rooms for reptile and bird species, outdoor enclosures for rehabilitation into natural habitats and special turtle recovery facilities.
WORKING FOR A CAUSE
A dedicated group of wildlife veterinarians, a hospital manager, vet nurses and volunteers all work around the clock to provide first-class care for sick, injured and orphaned animals. The hospital team are also active in wildlife research to know more about koala diseases, migration patterns and wildlife health management.
24 HOUR WILDLIFE EMERGENCY PHONE: 1300 369 652
If you find sick or injured wildlife, please call the 24 hour Wildlife Emergency Hotline. Rescue vehicles and hospital staff are on call seven days per week.