Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary founder Alex Griffiths started caring for sick and injured wildlife over 65 years ago. As the need for specialist care became obvious, the first veterinarian was employed and in 1989 the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital was born. Since that day, the Wildlife Hospital has grown to admitting over 8000 sick, injured or orphaned wildlife patients every year and is one of the busiest wildlife hospitals in the world. To date, over 50,000 native animals have been released back into the wild after treatment at Currumbin Wildlife Hospital.
The Sanctuary was established by beekeeper and flower grower Alex Griffiths. He began feeding the local lorikeets to prevent them from damaging his flowers.
The Sanctuary was gifted to the National Trust of Queensland, an organisation that works to promote the natural, Indigenous and cultural heritage of our State.
The Sanctuary employed its first veterinarian to care for the increasing number of sick and injured wildlife being presented at the park.
The park’s name was changed from Currumbin Bird Sanctuary to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary to better reflect the diverse range of animals now on display.
The new Currumbin Wildlife Hospital was built and is used by staff and volunteers to care for sick, injured and orphaned wildlife. Not only does the Hospital provide critical care to over 8000 wild patients annually, but it is equipped to provide ongoing rehabilitation in purpose built facilities for koalas, raptors, parrots, turtles and waterbirds.
Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation was created to fund the work of Currumbin Wildlife Hospital. The Foundation aims to raise $1million annually to continue its mission of saving Australia’s wildlife, and to find cures for devastating diseases such as koala chlamydia.
Admittance numbers are on the rise and the Wildlife Hospital treats over 8000 wild animal patients in one year alone, for the first time ever.
Currumbin Wildlife Hospital partners with RACQ to commence operation of a Wildlife Ambulance – a crucial service that will assist in the rescue and release of patients to and from the Hospital.