Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors
The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, opened in March 2004 and located next to the Australia Zoo at Beerwah in Queensland, Australia is dedicated to saving Australia’s many native species. The facility treats nearly 800 koalas every year, in addition to many other animals. AAT Kings and TreadRight have contributed $48,000 in order to help the hospital rehabilitate and care for injured and orphaned koalas, as well as build an eco-friendly facility to house the animals.
About 70 koalas come through the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital every month
The costs associated with caring for sick and injured animals are growing. Simply treating and caring for one koala costs an average of $1,500 and as the largest and busiest wildlife facility of its kind in the world today, the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital requires significant funding in order to continue helping these animals.
Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors, the charity founded by Steve and Terri Irwin in 2002 to protect and conserve Australia’s threatened and endangered species, serves as the major sponsor of the wildlife hospital. AAT Kings and TreadRight are contributing to Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors and the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital in order help them continue to treat and rehabilitate Australia’s sick and injured koalas.
Increased urbanisation into the koala’s natural habitat is the leading risk facing koalas today, as the ever-expanding human footprint means koalas are being hit by vehicles and attacked by dogs.
The Wildlife Hospital treats an average of 7,500 sick, injured and orphaned wildlife patients every year – at absolutely no cost to the public. The partnership with The TreadRight Foundation and AAT Kings will help Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors continue with its mission to provide care to endangered animals as well as showcase Australia’s iconic wildlife to the 75,000 visitors who walk through its doors every year.
In addition to contributing towards the cost of helping koalas, AAT Kings will be educating its guests about its commitment to wildlife conservation and sustainable tourism through a series of initiatives that will involve guest participation.
In July 2014, AAT Kings introduced its company mascot: Koala Sam. The sale of Koala Sam cuddly plush animals to AAT Kings’ guests will help provide much needed additional funds for the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, as well as educate travellers about the koala rehabilitation project and help further communicate the vital message of the necessity for animal conservation.
In 2015, AAT Kings introduced Kiwi Sam to fly the flag for New Zealand’s iconic, native bird, the kiwi, and to help protect this endangered species. Funds raised from the sale of Kiwi Sam plush animials help support the Rainbow Springs Kiwi Breeding Program in Rotorua. This project is helping to hatch and raise kiwi chicks with daily monitoring and regular health checks, as well as fund important research into kiwi incubation and rearing.