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Trauma season strikes our Aussie wildlife

Drogo the koala is a current patient in the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.

Spring is upon us and as the weather warms, breeding wildlife on the move become vulnerable to the booming holiday season. This leads to the busiest and most confronting time of the year at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, known as trauma season. 

In the period from August to February, staff at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital note significant increases in wildlife admitted for injuries caused by trauma. The patients seen most often by vets are those who have sustained injuries caused from being hit by cars and attacked by domestic dogs and cats.

Drogo the koala is one such patient, brought to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital by a wildlife carer from Currumbin after being hit by a car. Drogo is currently receiving treatment in the hospital after suffering a fractured left femur along with a fractured right scapula, bruising to the chest and abrasions to the face.

Sadly, Drogo’s story is not uncommon. Koalas, possums and birds are the most frequently treated patients at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, often suffering from trauma inflicted by man-made situations such as car contact and domestic animal attacks.  Koalas just like Drogo are especially difficult and costly to rehabilitate, with some patients requiring years of care, food and veterinary treatment sometimes costing in excess of $10,000.

Dr Amber Gillett, Senior Veterinarian at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital is encouraging the public to be cautious and aware that the warmer months are when our Aussie wildlife is most active and at risk of injury.

"Our expanding human footprint is intensified by roads and pets, leaving wildlife prone to conflict,” Dr Gillett said. 

“It is devastating that we see so many trauma cases when these injuries are easily preventable by adhering to speed limits and being conscious of our pets, especially at night when koalas and other nocturnal wildlife are on the move” she added.

Eighty koalas are currently in care at the wildlife hospital as well as various other species suffering from trauma.

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Zoom in to Australia Zoo for the ultimate Father’s Day!

Zoom in to Australia Zoo for the ultimate Fatherâs Day!

Struggling for Father’s Day ideas to impress dad and keep the kids happy? Well we think we might have you covered this year – with September 6 and 7 providing two action-packed days of motorsport displays, live entertainment, and Australia Zoo’s world-renowned wildlife.

The RACQ Australia Zoom weekend will give dad (and the car-lovers in your life!) the opportunity to get up close and personal with race teams, cars, drivers and pit crews. Meanwhile, kids are bound to love the fun zone, race simulators, live entertainment and roving wildlife. And of course, all the amazing Australia Zoo animals on offer!

Proceeds from the event will go directly to Wildlife Warriors, to help fund conservation projects in Australia and around the world – so it’s a gift that not only benefits the whole family, but also wildlife! We’ll be putting on a whole bunch of additional extras for dad including driver signings and a V8 Supercar “Car of the Future” prototype showcase over the weekend. And all for just the regular entry price to Australia Zoo, or for RACQ members – their exclusive discounted price.

Triple M will broadcast live from Australia Zoo on Saturday September 6 to cover the activities and entertainment throughout the day. In addition, catch Bindi and Wes feeding the crocs twice daily over the Father’s Day weekend at both 12pm and 2:30pm, in our world-famous Wildlife Warriors show.

“It’s so exciting to have RACQ, such an institutional and revered Queensland organisation, on board to support Wildlife Warriors and our crucial conservation projects through initiatives and events like RACQ Australia Zoom” said Terri.

Australia Zoo and RACQ announced an exciting five-year partnership in April earlier this year marking a significant step forward for conservation projects funded by Australia Zoo‘s Wildlife Warriors charity including the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, which has now treated over 53,000 wildlife patients.

For tickets to the event that is sure to bit a hit with dad, head to: www.racq.com/australiazoom

Bindi calls for young conservationists to share their stories

Bindi Irwin calls for entries for the new Visionary Wildlife Warrior award.

Australia Zoo’s Bindi Irwin has put the call out to fellow nature-lovers to nominate for this year’s new Visionary Wildlife Warrior award – and hopes to see some creative entries!

Spreading Steve Irwin’s passion for conservation and wildlife is vital to Bindi, Terri and Robert, who this year will recognise the enthusiasm of one of many young Wildlife Warriors with a new award in Steve’s honour.

The new Visionary Wildlife Warrior award will be presented at the annual Steve Irwin Gala Dinner in November later this year, in recognition of a 5 – 17 year-old that has made a significant contribution to conservation in their local community.

Wildlife Warrior Bindi Irwin said she was looking forward to seeing some creative nominations, in which young people can enter by submitting a 200-500 word essay or 60 second video outlining their conservation work. 

“There are so many positive changes we can all make to help wildlife conservation, whether it’s planting a tree, picking up rubbish or locking pets up at night, every bit counts,” said Bindi.

“It’s so important for young people to be involved in conservation projects because essentially, conservation starts and finishes with us, the next generation is key to a brighter, balanced future for wildlife and people.”

 The first Visionary Wildlife Warrior will be selected by Bindi, Terri and Robert in October and will focus on the passion and innovation behind the entries. The winner will then be presented with their award at the annual Steve Irwin Gala Dinner on November 22.

Kids and teenagers who are involved in innovative conservation projects and initiatives in their local community should submit their project at www.wildlifewarriors.org.au.

Terms, conditions and criteria can also be found at www.wildlifewarriors.org.au

Oprah Winfrey joins Beerwah locals to save wildlife!

Oprah poses with the Louis Vuitton bag she has donated for auction.

Louis Vuitton and garage sale aren’t generally words you see together, unless you throw Oprah Winfrey into the mix!

The generous Oprah Winfrey has donated her very own Louis Vuitton bag to Australia Zoo for the annual Great Garage Sale which raises funds for the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital. In typical Oprah fashion, this selfless donation was a much-loved personal item, but she chose to share the love for wildlife conservation!

Valued at $3,650 and personally signed by Oprah herself, it’s not your typical garage sale find. Currently on display for all Australia Zoo guests to see in the Australiana Gift Shop, people can also check it out on eBay and make a bid prior to Beerwah’s Great Garage Sale on Saturday August 9!

While the same bag has been sported by A-Listers including Kim Kardashian, Jessica Simpson and Lindsay Lohan – not all things at Beerwah’s Great Garage Sale come with an A-List price tag. People from everywhere are invited to come set up a stall or search for a new-found treasure, with the chance to find one-off and unique items that give back to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.

Generous donations have also been made by The Veronicas and Paramore, and will be part of a silent auction on the day. Guests to Australia Zoo have the opportunity to bid on a signed The Veronicas pack including their own pre-loved T-shirt, 2-disc copy of their “Revenge is Sweeter” album, and 2009 tour program. Other items include framed and signed shirts by Paramore and Tim and Ben from Big Brother 2013.

There’ll be heaps of incredible new and pre-loved items on display from around the region, as well as the chance to purchase something from the Irwin family themselves! Terri, Bindi and Robert will be selling their no-longer-needed goods to encourage community involvement through recycling. 

Holding your own stall is just $30 which is a direct donation to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, with all profits your own to keep.

Whether you’ll be joining us in the Australia Zoo car park to rummage through goods, holding your own stall, or simply joining us on eBay in the bid to win Oprah’s bag – we hope you’ll help us make it Beerwah’s GREATEST Garage Sale.

Beerwah’s Great Garage Sale will run on Saturday August 9, from 8am – 11am. More information and stall registration details can be found here: http://www.australiazoo.com.au/visit-us/calendar/303-beerwahs-great-garage-sale

Those wishing to claim a piece of history while donating to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital can bid on Oprah’s Louis Vuitton bag until the event here: http://www.australiazoo.com.au/garage-sale-auction/

Bindi Irwin gives new meaning to the word party animal on her 16th birthday!

Bindi Irwin celebrated her 16th birthday with a jungle-themed party.

Bindi Irwin had the sweetest of 16th birthday parties last week at Australia Zoo, celebrating animal onesie style!

Giving new meaning to the term "party animal", Bindi celebrated turning 16 with a massive jungle-themed birthday bash - Australia's biggest ever animal onesie party!

Thousands of people came through the Australia Zoo gates dressed as giraffes, zebras, crocodiles and koalas, greeted on arrival by African drummers before joining the crowds to watch Bindi walk the "jungle carpet."

Special guests including Jess and Lisa from The Veronicas, The Hon. Mal Brough MP, Former Queensland Senator, Mark Furner and Former State Member for Glasshouse and Pine Rivers, Carolyn Ferguson joined Bindi, Terri, Robert and Australia Zoo director Wes Mannion on the jungle-themed red carpet.

Onesie-clad guests watched over the carpet festivities before trying their hand at laser-tag, rock climbing and hula-hoop workshops. Live music and amazing contortionists entertained crowds, with guests enjoying the world-renowned Wildlife Warriors show croc feeding by Terri, Robert and the birthday girl herself, Bindi!

Finishing up the day with a piece of her jungle-style birthday cake which she shared with the crowds, Bindi said she was "thrilled" with how her birthday celebrations went.

"To top off a truly incredible day at Australia Zoo with all our guests, I also passed my Learners Drivers Licence test!" said Bindi, "I spent the rest of the day celebrating such a successful birthday with my family, Chinese take-out and a good book."

Bindi has a long list of achievements from her sixteenth year including successfully campaigning to save the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve from strip mining, being awarded Young Citizen of the Year at the Sunshine Coast Council Australia Day Awards and being recognised by YWCA Queensland as one of the 125 Leading Women in 2013 - among many other ambassadorships and successful projects.