Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors

Our Vision That people, wildlife and habitat survive and prosper without being detrimental to the existence of each other. Our Mission To be the most effective wildlife conservation organisation in the world through the delivery of outstanding outcome-based programs and projects, and inclusive of humanity.
Jun 2, 2014

Eloise the Echidna

Eloise the Echidna
Eloise the Echidna

Patient of the week

Eloise the Echidna
Age: Adult Sex:Female Weight: 2.95kg

Found: In Upper Caboolture. Eloise had been
attacked by 2 dogs.

Transported to: The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital by a member of the public. On the way, Eloise crawled up into the footwell and behind the glove box of the car she was traveling in. The entire glove box compartment had to be removed on arrival!

Veterinary Assessment: Eloise was given a sedative to allow the nurse to gently extract her from the tight spot she was in. Without sedation it would have been impossible to safely remove her. Dr
Robyn assessed Eloise once she was finally out and found her condition to be good, apart from some fractured/ bleeding spines caused by the dog attack.

Treatment: Once Eloise was completely checked over Dr Robyn cleaned the blood from her spines and administered her with a painkiller and anti-inflammatory medication.

Future: Eloise spent one night in the mammals intensive care unit before being transferred to a carer. Her progress will be monitored for 3-4 days before Eloise is released back into the wild.

AZWH Fact: The Echidna's spines only cover the top of its body and when attacked it will burrow into the ground or curl itself into a ball using its spines as protection against a predator. Luckily for Eloise this amazing method of defence is what saved her.

Eloise the Echidna
Eloise the Echidna
Mar 24, 2014

Lorde the Royal Spoonbill Chick

Lorde the Spoonbill Chick
Lorde the Spoonbill Chick

Age: Juvenile

Sex: Unknown Weight: 570 grams

Found: Lorde fell out of his nest and was found by a member of the public, who called a local wildlife rescue group.

Transported to: The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital by a member of the rescue group. As Lorde's nest was too high for the rescuers to return him to his parents.

Veterinary Assessment: When he arrived Lorde was quiet, but bright and alert.  Dr Amber found he was a little cold and weak.  His mobility was fine and he was able to stretch out his wings.  Although no injuries were found, it was obvious that Lorde was still a big baby, hungry and confused, away from his siblings in the nest.

Treatment: Dr Amber administered subcutaneous fluids to counteract any dehydration that Lorde may be experiencing.

Future: A specialist wildlife rehabilitator will care for Lorde until he is old enough to fly and survive on his own.  He will then be released into his home territory.

AZWH Fact: Royal Spoonbills are fresh water birds, that feed in our wetlands, marshes and sometimes man-made lakes and ponds.  During the mating season Royal Spoonbills erect a fan shaped crest, which is situated behind the head, the males is slightly larger than the females.


Dec 23, 2013

Crikey It's Christmas!

Dear Wildlife Warriors,

On behalf of Terri, Bindi and Robert Irwin, and the entire Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors family, we would like to wish all of our donors, supporters and friends a safe and happy holiday season!

We would also like to take this time to thank you for your commitment to wildlife conservation. You have helped us save critically endangered and threatened animals in Australia and around the globe.

As you know, one of the major projects of the charity is the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital. This year, the hospital reached a significant milestone with over 50,000 animals being treated since opening in 2004. We treated, rehabilitated and released back into the wild all of Australia's iconic species, including the koala, kangaroo and sea turtle, and many of its lesser known species such as the echidna, green tree frog and bandicoot.

Nearly 500 species have been brought into the hospital by community members, wildlife carers, the Zoo's rescue team and other animal rescue organizations. No native wildlife is turned away, and all costs are covered by the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, which was the vision of Steve and Terri Irwin.

"When Steve and I started the wildlife hospital in memory of Steve's mum, Lyn, our dream was to provide the best care possible for any animal, any species, that was found injured, orphaned or distressed in Australia, no matter the cost. We had no idea that in less than 10 years we would have treated over 50,000 animals. It's a sad reflection of what is happening in our communities that so many koalas and other animals are brought into the hospital, but we are grateful that we have a world-class facility and dedicated staff who are saving these animals, literally one by one. " -- Terri Irwin

The holiday season, which is Australia's summer, coincides with the hospital's busiest trauma season. As a result, our inventory of food and medicine is running low and our resources are stretched as more animals are admitted to the hospital this time of year.

We would be grateful if you would consider making a contribution to the Wildlife Hospital this holiday season.

To make a tax deductible gift in the USA or elsewhere, please go to

To make a tax deductible gift in Australia, please go to

Thank you from the hearts of our wildlife,

Cynthia Thompson

Director of Development - Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors

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