Currumbin Wildlife Foundation

$1m pledge to support Gold Coast koala population

$1 million in funding has been pledge to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital under a plan to support koala populations in South East Queensland and Northern NSW.

The commitment is part of a $6 million initiative which would also provide grants to protect koala habitats in the region.

It will include on ground action to protect koala habitat areas, enhance the corridors that connect local populations and funding for two other wildlife hospitals.

Doctor Michael Pyne, Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Senior Veterinarian said the contribution will make such a difference in the fight to save our koalas.

“Our wild koalas are in crisis. This incredibly generous contribution will allow Currumbin Wildlife Hospital to keep up with the demands of the ever growing wildlife admissions, now admitting almost 500 koalas and well over 11,000 wildlife patients every year,” Dr Pyne said.

“Currumbin Wildlife Hospital is overflowing with patients, this contribution will allow us to upgrade our facilities to better manage the ever growing patient admissions.”

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Koalas

PHOTO: Supplied by Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Gold Coast MP Karen Andrews was on hand to make the announcement on Tuesday, as part of a Coalition election promise.

“The team at the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital do an incredible job treating, rehabilitating and releasing sick, injured and orphaned native wildlife and I’ve been very proudly campaigning on their behalf,” Minister Andrews said.

“The koala is a national symbol and this program would play a key role in their protection,” Ms Andrews added.

The funding will also help private landholders to better protect, manage and restore habitat areas, support community education and engagement, and actions to reduce vehicle strikes and dog attacks.

Mishka Birthday

Polar bear cub Mishka celebrates 2nd birthday at Sea World

Sea World’s Polar bear cub ‘Mishka’ has celebrated her second birthday by enjoying a party fit for a Polar bear.

The theme park’s Polar Bear Shores exhibit was transformed into a celebratory environment with a host of presents, toys, treats and a special fishy birthday cake.

Mishka has thrived under the watchful eye of her mum, Liya and has come a long way since her birth, now weighing in at around 200 kilograms and measuring more than one and a half metres tall when standing.

Mishka Birthday

PHOTO: Supplied by Sea World

Sea World Polar Bear Keeper, Nora Tenbrock said it has been great to be part of Mishka’s development and the team is excited to celebrate this wonderful milestone.

“Mishka has become a favourite of Sea World guests and this is a great occasion for us to throw her a wonderful party where she can celebrate with her favourite toys and treats,” she said.

“The exhibit here at Sea World offers one of the world’s best enrichment programs and occasions such as these provide a great opportunity for our Bears to experience a range of different smells and textures.

“Liya and Mishka’s diet consists of red meats, fish and small amounts of fruit and vegetables. Mishka really enjoys diving and playing with toys in the pool which is great for Sea World guests who can get an up-close view through the underwater viewing area.

“Mishka’s second birthday marks a major milestone in her development, as she continues to grow and learn under her mum Liya, before eventually becoming a part of the International Polar Bear breeding program.”

Animal Welfare League QLD

WATCH: AWLQ celebrates 60 years

The Animal Welfare League Queensland is celebrating a huge milestone this year, with the charity turning 60 in 2019.

AWLQ CEO Denise Bradley told myGC they were thrilled to be celebrating 60 years of service.

“It’s a great achievement. Last year alone we rehomed nearly 6500 animals and cared for over 10000 animals. Currently we have 200 staff and over 800 volunteers – so we’ve certainly grown over the last 60 years,” she said.

For more information on AWLQ, visit: awlqld.com.au/

The cutest new addition to Gold Coast’s Paradise Country

Paradise Country has welcomed a new addition to their family, a wombat joey!

The female joey is almost nine-months old, weighs in at just five kilograms, and is the cutest thing we ever did see!

The joey arrived from another zoological facility, and will join other native Australian animals in a specially designed habitat.

Paradise Country Curator of Wildlife, Deane Jones says the joey is an exciting addition to the family.

“She is a very sweet and affectionate wombat who loves playing, but like most youngsters she is still spending a lot of her time sleeping.

PHOTO | Supplied by Paradise Country

“She currently spends her days developing her life skills under the watchful eyes of our keepers and is feeding on a specially designed nutritional diet including pellets, grass, sweet potato and wombat milk formula,” Mr Jones said.

However, the brand new joey doesn’t have a name yet! So Paradise Country is on the hunt for a name that sits right with the locals.

“We are running a naming competition and are encouraging people to visit the Paradise Country Facebook page and vote for their favourite option from Mayzie, Dozy, Karri and Wattle,” Mr Jones said.

PHOTO | Supplied by Paradise Country

Even without a name, and not even a year old, the little joey has her work cut out for her.

She’ll join Paradise Country’s ‘Save A Mate’ Program, as an ambassador for her wild counterparts.

It’ll be her job to raise awareness and build conservation efforts for the rest of Australia’s wildlife! What a role!

With less than 250 Northern hairy-nose wombats remaining today, they are one of Australia’s most endangered animals.

So get on down to Paradise Country and visit their newest and cutest addition!

Cat and Dog

Locals urged to support AWLQ’s Stray Animal Day this Thursday

Animal Welfare League Queensland (AWLQ) is urging Gold Coasters get behind Stray Animal Day this Thursday, April 4.

The charity is calling on local animal lovers to get involved by fundraising, sponsoring or donating to help create a brighter future for stray and abandoned animals.

Since 1959, AWLQ has worked with Councils and the community to rehome 130,000 stray and homeless animals.

Last financial year alone, AWLQ helped to rehome 6,373 animals, including 430 in their senior years, while the Shelter Vet Clinic provided 30,775 medical treatments, desexed 3,962 cats and dogs and microchipped 3,881 cats and dogs.

This year, Stray Animal Day focuses around the AWLQ Promise to never euthanise a healthy, sociable, or treatable animal in their care.

Stray Animal Day is a day to show compassion for stray animals, so show your support by fundraising, sponsoring or donating. Funds raised will go directly towards helping the AWLQ care for these animals and are tax deductible. For more information, visit: strayanimalday.com.au/