Wildlife Warriors Volunteers NeededNews source: Sunshine Coast Daily, Saturday 6 January 2007
The Australian Wildlife Hospital and Rescue Unit collects sick, injured and orphaned koalas and other native wildlife, and provides care and rehabilitation in a state-of-the-art facility before releasing them back into the wild.
At present, the Hospital is looking to fill five or six volunteer positions. Volunteers are an integral part of the Australian Wildlife Hospital team and Communications Manager, Carolyn Beaton says without them the Hospital wouldn't be able to function to the level that it does. Volunteer jobs include assisting vet nurses, cleaning enclosures, and helping to feed animals.
"Human contact is kept to a minimum because the optimum goal is to return animals to the wild," said Carolyn.
However, Carolyn says there is a lot of personal reward in becoming a volunteer.
"Gaining appreciation of the pressures the wildlife face today, and knowing that they have played a part in the treatment, rehabilitation and release of the animals is very rewarding," she said.
The Australian Wildlife Hospital is a major project of conservation charity, Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors Worldwide and is the busiest facility in Australia. It relies on community funding to treat over 5,000 patients annually at no cost.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer you can contact the Hospital on 07 5436 2097.
For wildlife emergencies you can call 1300 369 652.