Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary volunteer Jenny Zatta (left) helps associate vet Camille Alexandra.
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary volunteer Jenny Zatta (left) helps associate vet Camille Alexandra.

Wildlife hospital overwhelmed

HANDS and hearts are being called on to take care of local injured wildlife.

The Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary has launched an urgent appeal for volunteers to aid at its reception and new hospital.

The not-for-profit organisation is seeking 40 volunteers to accept and despatch injured wildlife into the hospital and out to wildlife foster carers.

The request for assistance comes after the number of sick and injured animals brought into the hospital increased over Christmas.

General manager of sales and marketing at the sanctuary, David Luxton, said the need for volunteers was pressing.

“Volunteers are really important to our organisation,” he said

“We need them across all domains.”

Mr Luxton said duties included assisting vet nurses with their rounds and preparing food for the animals. Training is provided.

“There are a lot of developments going on around the Gold Coast like the construction of new roads and houses and this creates a big threat to our wildlife,” he said.

Mr Luxton said the sanctuary’s new hospital, which opened in September, was already pushed for resources.

Volunteering Gold Coast services coordinator Leticia Vargas reiterated the need for help.

“The hospital would not be able to accomplish the important work it does in helping our wildlife without the support and involvement of our local volunteers,” she said.

The hospital treats injured wildlife free of charge. Enquiries phone (07) 5534 1266.



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