Sometimes it takes a bit of specialist knowledge to help local wildlife so veterinarians, Dr Evan Kosack and Dr Stephen Van Mil with Tony Gilding and his team at the Macadamia Castle are looking to the community to help them set up a wildlife hospital. They are calling a public meeting is taking place at the Bowlo in Bangalow on Thursday 22 November at 6pm.
‘A dedicated wildlife hospital is desperately needed in the northern rivers,’ said Dr Stephen Van Mil.
‘Currently, wildlife is taken to every general veterinary practice in the region, and the attending veterinarians may simply not have the time and/or skills to provide the care these animals need and deserve.’
Otherwise the closest wildlife hospital is at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary who receive animals from both southern Queensland and northern NSW.
‘Currumbin wildlife hospital is constantly inundated with injured animals and they are currently receiving about 55 animals a day and have treated over 11,000 animals in the last year,’ said Stephen.
‘A dedicated hospital on the northern rivers will place the wildlife first and foremost, providing them with first-class care, alongside the very best chance of full recovery and release.’
It is envisioned that all native animals would be treated at the wildlife hospital from birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians to marine creatures.
‘It will give our wildlife the committed care they require following illness, injury, abandonment. This gives them the very best chance for survival, and ideally reintroduction/release back into the wild.’
Getting it off the ground
So what is needed to get this project up and running? Well everything is the answer and that is why they are asking anyone and everyone who is interested in getting involved to come along to their first meeting.
‘This evening will not only advise everyone of exactly how we look to have this project born, but will also allow us to explain how best you and everybody can help this much-needed concept come to life,’ said Stephen.
‘We need a location, building, infrastructure, government support, funding, people, veterinarians, veterinary nurses, sponsorship.
‘We need everybody’s help because, “Without them, there is no us. Our ecosystem would collapse and we would cease to exist.”’
If you are interested in getting involved or attending the meeting email [email protected] or RSVP Tania via text on 0420 833 479.