Voted one of the Gold Coast’s most popular tourist destinations, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is the crown jewel of the National Trust of Australia (Queensland) [NTAQ] properties. As one of Queensland’s earliest nature-based tourist destinations, the Sanctuary is a physical embodiment of everything the NTAQ represents: dedication to conserving our nation’s Indigenous, natural and historic heritage and culture. With Blinky Bill now present for daily shows, the amazing viewing experiences available at the Wildlife Hospital and hundreds of native Australian animals on display in natural bushland and rainforest settings, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is the ultimate holiday adventure for the entire family. To find out more about other National Trust properties on your travels go to
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PATIENT OF THE WEEK
Duckie is a Wood duck from Purlingbrook Falls in Springbrook who was admitted to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital very sick suffering from tick paralysis. Duckie was unable to stand or lift his head and was extremely weak and dehydrated. Duckie was in a critical condition when admitted and required oxygen therapy; he was treated with intravenous tick antiserum, fluid therapy and lots of TLC.
We are happy to say that the hard work from our wildlife vets and nurses has paid off and little Duckie is now on the road to recovery; he will be back in the wild at beautiful Springbrook very soon.
Did you know?
Native Australian mammals don’t get tick paralysis because they are immune unlike introduced mammals such as cats and dogs. Native birds like Duckie rarely get tick paralysis but are occasionally affected when the tick imbeds near the eye or beak as they are unable to preen the parasite away. ... See MoreSee Less
January 15th ·
COOL EAGLE: The heat wave is affecting everyone - even this wedge-tailed eagle! Brutus, a 20-year-old wedgie at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, has found his favourite way to beat the heat. What's yours?
January 11th ·
Aussie Wildlife Course
February 8, 2017, 5:45pm - February 8, 2017, 4:45am
The Aussie Wildlife Course is an introductory course developed to train enthusiastic members of our community to provide emergency care for sick, injured or orphaned native wildlife. It also provides an opportunity to gain more experience and knowledge to help further employment opportunities in vet nursing, zoo keeping and other wildlife industries. Conducted on site at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary the course is held each week over an 8 week period. Presented by qualified Zoological staff with years of experience you will learn about Australia’s unique native wildlife, birds, mammals and reptiles and how to correctly care for them. The course is open to participants 14 years and over. Spaces are limited so book now.
January 10th ·
PATIENT OF THE WEEK.
Meet Pete the Pelican. Pete is a very special patient from Tweed Heads and was admitted to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital on New Year’s Day.
When Pete was admitted he was unable to stand or lift his head because he was suffering the effects of botulism. Botulism is a naturally occurring toxin found in waterways. It thrives in stagnant water with little oxygen and is particularly common in summer. Botulism causes paralysis of the muscles including respiratory muscles making the bird unable to breath.
There is no antidote for botulism so our vets and nurses supported Pete by treating his symptoms until the toxin left his system; this usually takes 3 to 5 days. Pete received fluid therapy, warmth and other veterinary treatments to improve his condition and keep him comfortable; this treatment saved his life.
Pete is now very happy recovering in our Wildlife Hospital’s Waterbird Rehabilitation Facility with some new swan friends. It will take about 2 weeks for Pete to fully regain his strength; he will then be released back into the wild at Tweed Heads.
Did you know? Birds are much more susceptible to the botulism toxin then mammals to the point that women and men have this toxin injected into their faces to remove wrinkles! Botox! ... See MoreSee Less
January 8th ·
Our new 2017 Junior Conservation champions Tara and Ned enjoyed their first day on the job by meeting our wildlife & education team. Seen here with our Education Manager, Sue, the new ambassadors were busy learning about our conservation programs and visiting our wildlife hospital. ... See MoreSee Less
January 5th ·
How's that bird phobia going Natalia? 🐥😂 #9Today
January 3rd ·
PATIENT OF THE WEEK.
This week’s patients are 11 turtle hatchlings. The mother of these little turtles was admitted to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital due to injuries sustained from a vehicle hit. X rays revealed that the female turtle was 'gravid' which means she had eggs. Due to the stress of her ordeal the mother was not laying so she was given a special drug to induce laying. The 11 eggs were laid and incubated at Currumbin Wildlife Hospital where they all hatched around four months later. These cute little guys were all released together in waterways nearby.
Gravid female turtles have a high incidence of being hit by cars as they leave their own waterway when they are ready to lay their eggs in search of a separate waterway for the babies to hatch in. It is believed that this behaviour occurs in order to prevent the young males mating with the female mother once they are mature. The babies mum received treatment to repair her shell fractures and was released around one month before the babies hatched. ... See MoreSee Less
January 1st ·
Here are our top 9 posts from the year. It's obvious you guys love seeing our Koala photos, so we'll keep them coming in 2017. Keep sharing your #bestdayever shots with us and we look forward to seeing you visit the sanctuary in the new year!
#visitaustralia ... See MoreSee Less
December 30th ·
We couldn’t be happier for Gilbert, a guest visiting from Hong Kong, who decided to end the year on a high with a marriage proposal. Cuddling a koala and visiting Australia have been life-long dreams of Gilbert and his girlfriend, Esther, so he booked the two of them into the Koala Experience tour and then let love and romance take over! Esther was in shock, but the smile on her face (and Gilbert's) says it all and most importantly she said YES! We wish them all the best for a beautiful and happy future together 🐨 💕💍💕 ... See MoreSee Less
December 30th ·
Local artist and designer
Ammber Doyle captures a very special kangaroo cuddle moment. Kids and animals have an amazing ability to connect with each other. At the sanctuary kids can also learn about wildlife conservation by unearthing new and interesting facts when they do the Kids on Conservation trail.
#kangaroo #visitgoldcoast #seeaustralia #inlove ... See MoreSee Less
December 30th ·