Echidnas have not been bred readily in captivity in the past. However over the last five years Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary has bred eight puggles (baby echidnas)! The breeding season is from mid June and will continue right through to the end of September with puggles arriving as late as early November. This season we have introduced six pairs of echidnas with a great focus on one very special spikey family member. “Piggie”, was our first puggle to be bred at the Sanctuary four years ago and we are proud that this is her first breeding season. If Piggie successfully produces a puggle this season, the Sanctuary will be one of only two locations to have a captive-bred echidna reproducing. During the breeding season our echidnas are monitored by cameras 24hrs daily and feed a high protein diet with termites given as an extra treat. Come and visit the Sanctuary and have your photo taken as well as a snuggle with these amazing Australian icons!
Park Volunteer Program intake closes Wednesday 23 July! Limited opportunities for passionate locals to join this fun and friendly program assisting our guests and animals to enjoy each other’s company. Visit www.cws.org.au/volunteer-programs/volunteer-programs/ for information and online registration.
Currumbin launches a new site and a new fresh look
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary launched their new mobile friendly site this week, showcasing a fresh new look focusing on the many unique qualities the Sanctuary offer’s the local community and tourism markets.
Guests can now research many facets of the Sanctuary’s wildlife and be immersed in the beautiful imagery captured daily around the park. Utilizing social media and other online review sites, the company has confidently displayed their consumer ratings and candid Instagram imagery to give the public all the information they need to make Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary a stop on their map.
Can you fly faster than a rainbow lorikeet? Run like an emu? Out-waddle a wombat? Join us for the Zoo Run on Sunday 23rd November 2014 and find out!
If you are a serious athlete take on the five kilometre challenge! This course is not for the faint hearted or unfit! Not so serious? How about a two kilometre family fun run or walk? You can even dress-up if you are that way inclined!
With all proceeds raised supporting Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation, register now and secure your place! Visit www.cwhf.org.au for details. ... See MoreSee Less
Sanctuary guests can have a bird's eye view of our vets working through 25 metres of viewing glass, and can experience the depth that Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary has for the care and welfare of the Australian native animal population.
See x-rays, ultrasounds and endoscopes streamed live on a flat screen for guests to observe during the procedure. Even watch from a surgeons eye view by a camera mounted on the surgical light! For those eager to learn more, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary conducts hospital tours, as well as offers and supports wildlife courses to help engage the public in their plight. The hospital treats over 8500 wild patients annually and is funded by the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation.
Open 8.00am -5.00pm seven days a week, for more details please visit our Visitor Services Desk during your visit or call 1300 886 511.
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is thrilled to be a part of the Orange-bellied Parrot recovery program and to assist in the survival of this beautiful parrot species.
The Orange-bellied Parrot (OBP) is a critically endangered migratory bird that moves between its summer breeding grounds in coastal south-west Tasmania and coastal Victoria and South Australia. Fewer than 200 of this endangered species are left in the wild. A recovery program was established with a strong zoo contribution to release captive bred birds back into the wild. Currently there are approximately 300 birds in the captive population with a significant skew to males. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is holding excess males to free space at zoos within the OBP’s natural range. This allows more spaces for breeding pairs and an even greater numbers released back into the wild. For more information visit the link below. For those that share our love for birds, be sure to visit our site to learn more about our Parrot Workshop.
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary welcomes Saskia Lefebre as their new Curator of Wildlife!
Starting her career at the Singapore Zoo in 2000 after graduating with a Bachelor of Science (Zoology), Saskia continued her career in Singapore. At first managing the Zoo quarantine and taking care of a huge range of animals from gibbons to Himalayan griffon vultures to tamanduas, she transferred to the reptile section and got involved in breeding and conservation programs. She subsequently became the head keeper for reptiles and then managed the section in a curatorial capacity as a Curatorial Trainee. During her work in the reptile section of the Singapore Zoo the group successfully bred komodo dragons, the critically endangered Giant river terrapin and many other species. Then after 11 years and many amazing experiences, Saskia left Singapore with husband (also a Zoo keeper) and two children to join an amazing and passionate team at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary as the Supervisor for reptiles and amphibians. Now starting a new phase in her career, the Sanctuary is honoured that Saskia has accepted the new role of Curator of their Wildlife department! ... See MoreSee Less