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It’s been 75 years since Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, then known as the Currumbin Bird Sanctuary, first opened to the public.

Alex Griffiths, a bee and flower keeper attracted local attention when he began feeding the lorikeets at his Currumbin home to keep them from feasting on the plants in his prized garden. In 1947, he decided to open a small-scale lorikeet feeding display to the public. He called it Currumbin Bird Sanctuary.

The Sanctuary may have grown, but the commitment to wildlife conservation and animal care remains the most import part of why the Sanctuary exists. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary has a rich history as one of Australia’s most iconic attractions, but it also operates one of the busiest wildlife hospitals in the world and is part of world leading threatened species conservation programs.

Join us in this very special year to celebrate the remarkable work of the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and Currumbin Wildlife Hospital with some great upcoming events.

Our History

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary has been conserving native wildlife and nurturing the local indigenous heritage for over 75 years. This regional treasure has also been educating and entertaining families and tourists from all across the globe.

So naturally, the animal attraction is at the heart of Gold Coast history. You’d be hard pressed to find a local who hasn’t experienced the renowned wild rainbow lorikeet feeding.

But over the decades, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary has, more importantly, served as a haven to a myriad of native Australian animals — big, small, flourishing and endangered.

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