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Slow down for wildlife in spring!

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Drivers are being urged to be on the lookout for more wildlife on our roads over the spring months.

This is the busiest time of year at Currumbin Wildlife Hospital, with a lot of native Australian wildlife on the move, looking for breeding partners.

It is also known as Koala Trauma Season, with more koalas attempting to cross local roads during the spring months.

Currumbin Wildlife Hospital admitted 14,481 sick, injured, and orphaned native wildlife patients last year – more than 1,500 of those admitted were due to car strikes. This service to treat, rehabilitate and release our native wildlife is provided free to the community, but each animal costs the hospital an average of $150 to be treated.

Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Senior Vet Dr Michael Pyne said, ‘With breeding season underway, there will absolutely be more animals out and about, on our roads and footpaths.

‘Sadly, we do expect to see an increase in admissions of a lot of native species including koalas, kangaroos and possums over these months.’

How to help

If your vehicle does collide with an animal on the Queensland side of the border, you should call Wildcare on 07 5527 2444. They will then advise the best course of action.

If you would like to support the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital so that they can continue to treat, rehabilitate and release, sick, injured and orphaned wildlife you can learn more and make a donation on the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital website.

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