This year, wildlife volunteer Troy Beverly will receive his 10 year service badge, in honour of his dedication and commitment to the Sanctuary. Volunteering 2 days per week, Troy has been an integral part of the behind the scenes management of many of our wildlife shows and exhibitions. Throughout his time here at the sanctuary, Troy has worked on a variety of rounds including the bird round, the mammals round and more recently as an assistant at the Australiana Show, supporting our sheep shearing team. Although Troy doesn't work with our reptiles, he occasionally pops in...
Eastern Bristlebird breeding season has begun and we are off to a great start with one of our females already incubating eggs! Eastern bristlebird nest sites are chosen by the male bristlebird, while the female weaves the intricate nest using grasses.
Keepers are excited to share the news that we have successfully hatched a Rose-crowned Fruit-dove chick Wednesday 3rd August, 2016. This is the first hatch in 12 years for this species at CWS. Fruit-doves usually breed in the warm summer months when rainfall is high and native fruits abound. It has been quite a challenge to hatch this chick in the dry winter months and previously we had little success. Pigeons and doves are known for their short nest life and we expect the chick to fledge within 7-10 days after which it will accompany its parents around...
In captivity our Bristlebird breeding pairs can nest almost all year round with only a short break during winter for a month or two! When our birds are taking a break from nesting this allows keepers the much needed chance to refurbish aviaries and prepare for the next breeding season. There is never a spare moment when you are caring for a Critically Endangered species!
Having determined the sex of our latest Eastern Bristlebird fledgling we are now able to set up 6 breeding pairs for our captive population. This is a huge step forward for the recovery program and will hopefully allow us to increase the numbers of this endangered species in captivity, with the ultimate goal of releasing birds back to the wild!
In order to identify all of our Eastern Bristlebird offspring it is important that each bird is given a unique leg band. Our keepers carefully applied a coloured aluminium leg band to our newest fledgling's left leg to identify her as a female. Males are banded on the right leg.
Move over Daenerys Targaryen, there’s a new mother to be reckoned with. Kylie, mother of koalas. Head of Koala Photos at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Kylie performed the last of the season’s pouch checks on three year old Rocher, and her smile revealed all. A tiny koala baby about 2 cm in length feeding within the safe and warm confines of Rocher’s pouch. Known as a joey, a baby koala is blind and furless. Once born it makes its way to the mother’s pouch and then attaches itself to one of two teats, where it will stay for about 6 to 7 months....
Our Eastern Bristlebird fledgling has been sexed as a female from DNA testing. She is the most recent of four chicks that were bred at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary this past breeding season. This success brings us a little bit closer to our goal of releasing birds back into the wild!
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary’s resident lung fish have contributed to an important study on new methods of working out the age of live lungfish. The Australian Lung Fish is a vulnerable, ancient species of freshwater fish found in South East Qld and North East NSW. They belong to the oldest living group of vertebrates dating back 300 million years with the Australian Lungfish remaining unchanged for the last 100 million years. Lungfish breathe air freely and can survive out of water for several days if kept wet. They are thought to be an important link in evolution of terrestrial invertebrates. As part...
The Northern Eastern Bristlebird Dasyornis brachypterus monoides, is one of the most critically endangered populations with less than 50 individuals estimated to remain in the wild. This population is found only in south-eastern Queensland and north-eastern New South Wales and faces extinction in the wild from threatening processes such as habitat loss, grazing and predation. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary in conjunction with the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) manages the captive breeding program for this threatened species. This captive program serves as an insurance population to increase Bristlebird numbers through captive breeding and collection of eggs and/or chicks...