Marrok and his Squadron.
At the start of 2015, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary was approached by the Officer Commanding 136th Signal Squadron to establish an affiliation between the two organisations.
The aim was to re-introduce a unit mascot after an absence from the Unit since 2005. This was achieved by way of volunteer assistance provided to the sanctuary by the 136th Signal Squadron and visits to Enogerra Barracks by Marrok, who was inducted on the 7th November 2015 as a Joint Service mascot during the Unit’s 20th Birthday Parade.
We have many “animal stars” here at the Sanctuary and it’s at no surprise that Head of the Wolf Pack Marrok is one of them. Seeing our pure white alpine Dingo is impressive but imagine being able to meet Marrok in person. Well fortunately you can! In our daily Dingo Experience offered. You can come inside Marrok’s enclosure, have an up close encounter, see him work his magic in a training session and have a feel of that stunning white coat of his.
Flood Destroys Plantation
The extreme weather event that hit the coast on the 30th and 31st of March caused a big clean up throughout the park. This has been swiftly resolved with a team effort throughout all departments to clean up all of the fallen branches, trees, muddy pathways and repair the areas affected by erosion.
Our koala plantations are a totally different story. Our newest plantation which is based at the back of the Hinze Dam has been devastated by this weather event and is currently sitting under around 3m plus of water. Due to this there is a high chance that the 10,000 plus trees in the low lying paddocks will not survive long periods under that amount of water.
The Plantation team are currently waiting on the water levels to recede so that a full assessment can be carried out on the damage to the site.
At this stage if anyone would like to support the koala plantations they can donate to our ‘Tree to Me’ programme which is raising money to plant additional trees to feed the koalas coming through the hospital.
The Hinze Dam plantation was established to feed the 400 plus koalas coming through our Wildlife Hospital annually so this is going to cause some long term shortages as we creep towards the upcoming winter months.