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WHY THE NORTHERN RIVERS NEEDS A WILDLIFE HOSPITAL

The Northern Rivers region of NSW is one of Australia’s biodiversity hotspots, with biodiversity of international significance. It is home to many of the nation’s unique, rare and threatened animals. A permanent wildlife hospital is desperately needed in the region to assist the very strained network of wildlife carers and provide wildlife with the expert veterinarian services they need, to be given a real chance of survival. Unfortunately, the pressures on our wildlife are continuing to increase and the numbers of animals needing veterinary services is growing. Every life we can save counts.

With limited qualified wildlife veterinary care in the Northern Rivers, sick and injured animals are often transported to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital in QLD – a trip that usually takes over an hour – or local vets deal with the animal as best they can at their own expense and on their own time. Sadly, this often means that for many injured animals the only answer is euthanasia.

Evidence shows that early triage assessment and treatment by a specialist veterinary team results in better animal welfare outcomes and improved release rates. A permanent and centrally located wildlife hospital in the Northern Rivers will improve outcomes for our wildlife.

About Us

Northern Rivers Wildlife Hospital (NRWH) was formed in January 2019 by a group of environmental advocates, veterinarians and local business owners.

We have secured land and a building in Wollongbar that we are developing into a facility dedicated first and foremost to the critical care of sick and injured native animals. The facility will accommodate short-term rehabilitation of these animals, and will scale to accommodate long-term rehabilitation of certain species to reduce the workload of existing local carers.

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MEDICAL CARE

The Northern Rivers Wildlife Hospital will operate a world class veterinary facility dedicated to the critical care and rehabilitation of wildlife. Our veterinary team will be led by a highly skilled wildlife veterinarian, who will be capable not only of the highest quality clinical treatment, but also of student training and program implementation.

Local veterinarians recognise that wildlife care is a specialised skill that many local vet surgeries do not have. NRWH intends to fill this skill gap.

LOCAL COMMUNITY

We are proud to be part of the strong, caring community of the Northern Rivers. Environmental conservation is fundamental to so many of us in this region and we know that our community will be the key to our success.

We aim to improve community knowledge and engagement by establishing research and educational activities related to environmental conservation and wildlife health; to educate on the protection of wildlife and wildlife habitat; to work closely with and encourage other local charitable, cultural and environmental projects; and to become a centre of excellence in wildlife vet care – freely sharing those learnings amongst the community.

CONSERVATION

The Northern Rivers Wildlife Hospital will have a significant role to play in the conservation and protection of wildlife and their habitat across the Northern Rives and in New South Wales more broadly.

Our goals are to advance the natural environment by preserving and re-establishing the natural habitat of native animals; to advocate for the protection of wildlife and wildlife habitat; and to encourage other local charitable, cultural and environmental projects that are aligned with our vision.