Peter the little orphaned Squirrel Glider
To all of our Wildlife Warriors
We want to say a big THANK YOU for all of your support over the busy season last year and the wonderful generosity you displayed during the festive season. Your donations went a long way to helping our patients during our trauma season. Although it is coming into our quieter months now, we are still kept busy with wildlife coming through our doors.
In February alone we had over 470 patients admitted - that's an average of almost 17 patients a day! The most common reason for animals being admitted, as always, is being hit by a car. Twenty five percent of February's patients came in for this very reason. Other reasons include - general injuries from an unknown cause at 20%, 13% were sick, 8% were orphaned, and another 8% were either attacked by a domestic cat or dog.
There are a wide variety of species that are brought into the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital for treatment. From koalas to snakes, possums to turtles, lizards to kangaroos, and of course our most common patients, our feathered friends - the birds. Cute and fluffy or clawed and scaly, we love them all and want to give them the best care we possibly can.
The animals we see admitted may be found in the rivers and oceans, or live high up in the trees. They all have different habitats and we try to educate everyone we can about the importance of making sure our wildlife still has a home in the years to come. For instance - squirrel gliders make their dens in hollow trees and line their nests with leaves. They live in family groups with usually one male, two females and their offspring. Unfortunately; Peter a little juvenile (pictured), was found out of place, all alone, with no mum in sight. Orphans like this in the wild may become easy prey for a predator looking for a quick meal, but luckily for Peter, he was found by a member of the public instead. They transported him to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital where he was looked at by one of our vets. He was found to be well hydrated with no injuries. At only 50gms in weight, Peter is currently too small to be released, as are a lot of the orphaned animals that are admitted, but he will go into care until he is big enough to go back out into the wild again.
Many carers donate their time to take care of sick, orphaned and injured animals, but without your donations we wouldn't be able to give these animals the initial treatment they need to survive. Thank you for your support. Without all of you Wildlife Warriors out there, we couldn't continue saving and protecting Australia's Wildlife right here at the Hospital.
Yours in conservation
One of our smaller patients - a Gecko
Emmett the Eastern Grey Kangaroo Joey
Some of the Cute and Cuddlies