Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and Wildcare Australia are partnering with Gold Coast City Council to develop an innovative, community-based approach to koala conservation.
The future of Australia’s koala population is at serious risk from habitat loss, traffic, dog attacks, bushfire and disease.
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is pleased to be partnering with Gold Coast City Council and Wildcare Australia to prepare a koala conservation plan for the Elanora-Currumbin Waters area. This project aims to increase community awareness of threats to koalas and improve prospects for koala survival in our local area.
Queensland Symphony Orchestra is proud to support the Coxen's Fig Parrot Recovery Project at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.
In raising awareness through this community partnership, the orchestra contributes to the protection and longevity of this precious and endangered species and its habitat, as well as further improving the orchestra's eco-footprint and environmental approach to the industry.
Established in 1993, the Coxen's Fig Parrot Recovery Project is the longest and most successful National Trust of Qld Green Guardian conservation program at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.
The latest success with the analogue species, the Red-browed Fig Parrot has resulted in the breeding of five birds.
The Sanctuary has also just acquired valuable new genetics for the breeding program through the acquisition of a new female Red-browed Fig Parrot from Cairns in Far North Queensland after being rehabilitated from injuries sustained in the wild.
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This shy echidna first arrived at the Currumbin Wildlife hospital after it had been hit by a car. She had broken one of her back legs in two places, which was very painful, and made it difficult for her to walk and also to dig.
While living in the Wildlife Hospital, her broken leg was x-rayed, and the broken bones were repaired, while she was given pain relief and anti-inflammatory medications.
During her recovery, her leg was x-rayed several more times to ensure that it was healing properly, so that she would have full function of her leg when she is released back into the wild. When in hospital she eats specially prepared ‘echidna diet’, to ensure that she receives all of the necessary nutrients that an echidna needs. Soon, this echidna will be released back to the wild.
This pelican arrived at currumbin on the 8th June with tears in his throat pouch after trying to eat a fish which had a hook buried in it. He had also had a hook caught in his neck and was sporting a wound on his back.
Pelicans rely on their large beaks and throat pouches to scoop up fish and hold it while the water is squeezed out before swallowing their hard earned meal. This pelican’s throat pouch was stitched back together and has been healing over the last 2 weeks.
He’d been kept in an enclosure with a fellow seabird, a tern, which had also sustained damaged to his beak due to a wayward hook. These hooks and a lot of other discarded fishing tackle pose a constant threat to wild sea birds.
Fish that snap the line or fisherman that cut tangled lines loose with fish on them, often result in an easy looking meal. Birds will even go for fish as they are being reeled in.
However the hooks that are in the fish get caught on the way in or the way down and can cause a great amount of damage. The fishing line can get wound around wings and legs resulting in infection, gangrene and loss of wings and limbs severely hampering the bird. Some birds have had hooks retrieved from their stomach...
This pelican was lucky and has been released back into the wild to cruise the skies and the waters and hopefully not run into any more fishing tackle.
In Australia there are about 23 species of turtle. They can be found in a wide range of habitats and are incredibly tough and hardy animals.
One of the more distinctive species is the long necked or “snake necked” turtles also known as Chelodinalongicollis. These turtles are typically found paddling leisurely along most of Australia's eastern rivers, as well as in many lakes and human-made reservoirs. They have many amazing adaptations such as surviving extreme cold by putting themselves into a form of stasis and high temperature extremes by migrating to find new water sources. Some have even been found with long healed hoof shaped holes in their shell.
One such long neck arrived at Currumbin in June with much more life-threatening injuries. He was a broad-backed longneck that had been recently hit by car which had caused several fractures to his outer shell requiring swift attention and repair. With the help of the skilled vets and nurses at Currumbin Wildlife Hospital his shell was rearranged back into the right shape and held steadily in place so his own body can go to work on repairing the damage. As the pictures show there was a lot of damage and as such it could take a few months for his shell to regain full strength. Until then he will remain at the sanctuary and be cared for until the shell has healed enough for the wire and ‘knead it’ to be removed. There are others such turtles also at Currumbin with shells in various stages of repair and a couple with limbs missing. Most are the result of an encounter with a car whilst trying to cross a roadway.
During times of extreme drought and also during autumn and winter when rains return to drought stricken areas these turtles often go on the move sometimes travelling 10km or more with mass migrations occurring every few years. During these times it is important for people to look out on the roads for these creatures so that we can try and reduce the number that have to go through this long rehabilitation process or worse suffering and death. It’s not just for the turtles sake either, many accidents have occurred in the effort to swerve around them at the last minute or to people that have stopped to pick them up off the road. There is little we can do at the moment except to be more vigilant on the roads and drive carefully with hopefully everyone benefiting.
'Lucky' the Cockatoo
This Sulphur Crested Cockatoo or ‘Lucky’ as the kids who brought him to the Wildlife Hospital called him, came to Currumbin after being found high up in a tree, with discarded fishing line tightly wrapped around his wing. At this time, Lucky was unable to fly, and spent some time in hospital while receiving treatment for his injured wing which was very painful and swollen.
Every day Lucky needed a massage in a warm bath of water to increase the bloodflow to the damaged area of the wing to aid a speedy recovery. While in hospital Lucky was given pain relief and anti-inflammatory medication twice every day.
After some time in hospital, Lucky’s wing began to improve, and finally Lucky was able to go into the care of a wildlife carer, where he will stay in rehabilitation until he has made a full recovery from the injury, and can fly well again.
If all goes well, Lucky will indeed be very lucky, and will soon be released back into the wild for his second chance.
Orphaned Magpie Goose
Recently an orphaned baby magpie goose was found wondering alone close to the lake within Currumbin Sanctuary. This wild gosling was having trouble walking and its parents were nowhere to be seen.
An immediate examination by wildlife hospital vet Erina Young suggested that the injuries to this gorgeous gosling were only superficial however xrays were taken to be sure of the diagnosis. To our delight there were no fractures on the xray.
The little gosling, nicknamed “Maggie” was settled into a humidicrib to warm up and treatment was started for her badly swollen leg. Despite her being so cute everyone was strictly told not to cuddle or visit Maggie as young gosling can easily get imprinted on people.
The next morning Maggie was looking a lot better and using the leg well. After many phone calls we managed to find a wildlife carer that also had some Magpie geese chicks - Maggie could be adopted by some new foster brothers and sisters.
Maggie is now grown up and will soon be ready to be released back in to the wild with her adopted family.
What to do if you have found a baby bird?
During Spring, baby birds are the most commonly admitted animals to the Community Wildlife Hospital. Most are presented after being "rescued" by well-meaning members of the public.
Not all of these baby birds on the ground require rescuing and the following poster and information sheet will help further your knowledge of when and when not to rescue a baby bird. If you seek any further advice please call the team at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Community Hospital.
Currumbin Sanctuary Wildlife Hospital survives on the generosity of local and interstate businesses and individuals who help us through donating equipment and materials to help keep our hospital running. With the number of animals admitted now growing to over 4000 animals per year our resources are stretched and with much of our equipment very outdated we are always looking to upgrade.
Currumbin Sanctuary Wildlife Hospital is a charitable organisation and all donations are fully tax deductible.
Please consider us if you are able to help us in any of the following areas.
Medications and Disposables
For any enquires regarding donations for the Wildlife Hospital please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 07 5534 0813
Currumbin Sanctuary Wildlife Hospital receives several calls a week regarding snakes either to be identified or relocated from all over south east Queensland. Due to the wide range of venomous and non venomous species of snakes found in Australia, it is recommended to leave all snakes alone. Do not try to handle or relocate the snake by yourself and always keep your pets well away.
Wild snakes are very common in urban areas and in most cases are best left alone, there is every chance that the snake you have seen in your yard has been living there for some time. Removing a snake from your backyard will only encourage neighbouring snakes to move into the territory (your yard) that has been vacated.
Due to your safety we are unable to identify snakes over the phone and unfortunately Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is unable to provide a snake catching service to the general public.
These snake catchers listed below have no affiliation with Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, in most cases they will charge a fee to relocate snakes.