I had a brilliant night at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary on Saturday night. The occasion was the annual fundraiser for the wildlife hospital foundation.
We travelled by train around the sanctuary under the stars which was stunningly calming then we saw how the wildlife hospital works and a never before attempted night time, free flight bird show which honestly made 300 adults sound like 10 year olds at a sleep over party.
My kids love Currumbin Sanctuary with a passion and they love sharing the things they learn there with me. For example, I did not know that the Koala’s nearest living relative is a wombat.
I reckon a lot of people could relate to the wombats in their own family that they have to financially support at one time or another.
So maybe we can all consider throwing a few bucks the way of the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation. It will directly help the fight to stave off an unthinkable extinction event. They reckon there are only between 2000 and 8000 koalas left in the wild.
Dogs, cats, cars and people claim so many of them.
Dr Bruce Cook spoke about the 2 parts of the animal hospital; one to treat the family of animals at the sanctuary and the other for South East Queensland’s injured wildlife.
The call for emergency medical intervention for injured SEQ wildlife is huge and the staff answer it with highly commendable levels of care.
Since the animal hospital opened it has treated 50,000 animals which on one hand is spectacular but on the other is a huge drain on the wildlife sanctuary’s resources.
Before I left the house to play MC at the wildlife hospital foundation gala, I asked my boy what he loves so much about the place and he said;
“Riding the train, no, feeding the kangaroos, no, getting close to the koalas, no, the emus and the wallabies are so cute.”
Then he looked at me as seriously as an 8 year old can sometimes get and said;
“Dad, when you get to the Sanctuary, can you tell them to leave it exactly the same. Except, also get some Monkeys and Lions.”
They could do with a dollar or two.