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Sunday, July 29, 2007

Wildlife Clinics

Female Big Red Kangaroo

The Wildlife Clinics at Taronga and Western Plains Zoos care for over 1,500 native animals each year. These animals are brought to the clinics by members of the community after being found sick, injured or orphaned. The main aim of the Wildlife Clinics at Taronga and Western Plains Zoos is to rehabilitate as many native animals as possible back to the wild. The range of animals that are treated is enormous, ranging from stranded seals and orphaned baby bats, to pelicans tangled in fishing line. All these animals need immediate professional care and attention before they can be rehabilitated and returned to their natural environment. The clinics at both Taronga and Western Plains Zoos provide a high standard of veterinary expertise in the care of native animals and are well equipped with the latest veterinary facilities. When an animal arrives at the clinic it is immediately examined by a zoo veterinarian and its condition assessed. Whenever possible the rescuer is involved in the eventual release of the animal. Each animal receives a record sheet, on which details of its encounter, treatment and progress during rehabilitation are entered. Prior to release into its former habitat, or a similar one, mammals are ear tagged and in some cases radio tracked, and birds are leg banded to identify them as former Wildlife Clinic patients. In this way it is hoped that further information can be gained on survival rates and post-release behaviour. Some animals arrive as orphans and require hand-rearing by Zoo staff. If the orphaned animal is unsuitable for release, it may be kept at Taronga or Western Plains Zoos’ Education Centres where children can increase their understanding of Australian native fauna.

Wildlife Road Safety Tips

Drive carefully at dawn and dusk when many animals are active.
Check the pouches of dead animals for joeys which sometime remain uninjured.
Remove dead animals from the road as they attract meat-eating animals which then may be hit by a car.

First Aid for Injured Animals

Place unconscious animals on their side.
Keep the animal warm and quiet
Small orphans (pouch young) can be wrapped up and placed inside clothing to provide warmth.
Stop bleeding with a pressure bandage
Keep the animal away from young children, domestic pets and loud noises
Don’t handle more than necessary
Don’t pet the animal


Transport to the Wildlife Clinic, a veterinarian or wildlife carer as quickly as possible
Place the animal on its side on the floor of the vehicle (if immobile) or in a cardboard box (with lots of ventilation holes and towels on the bottom), wrap it in a towel or place in a pillow case

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