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Published On: 05 Apr 2023

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Conservation

“Every animal, every species, every living thing plays a role in our Eco System. You can look at it like building blocks, and if you start taking away those blocks, even the small ones, eventually the whole thing will come crashing down” – Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Head of Life Sciences Anthony Molyneux.

Most people associate Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary with tourism, childhood memories and of course Rainbow Lorikeets, but there is a whole lot more to this iconic destination.

Since Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary was founded more than 75 years ago, the goal has always been wildlife conservation.

"Make every effort towards wildlife conservation and ensure that our children have the opportunity to see wildlife” – Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary founder Alex Griffiths.

From Frogs to Koalas, and Eastern Bristlebirds, every animal, big or small is vital to our planet and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary works very hard to protect the future of many of these species.

Koalas are now listed as endangered in Queensland but the future of the species is looking brighter, largely thanks to research by Currumbin Wildlife Hospital. Together with a number of organisations including Queensland University of Technology and WWF, they’ve developed a Koala Chlamydia Vaccine. The disease affects Koala’s fertility and can also be fatal. The program has now vaccinated more than 200 local Koalas, with results showing more and more joeys are being born in the wild population.

Until recently there were only around 150 Kroombit Tinkerfrogs left in the wild. For the last few years, a team at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary have dedicated their research to breeding these tiny little frogs in captivity, to be released and boost populations. Without this research this species could be lost forever.

“Frogs might be very small, but they play a massive role on our planet. Not only for the greater ecosystem but for us humans as well.” - Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Amphibian Specialist Michael Vella

The Eastern Bristlebird is also listed as Endangered and through hard work and dedication by multiple staff and agencies including Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, the species is slowly being brought back from the brink!

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary plays a huge role in the Nationwide breeding program, ensuring this species avoids extinction.

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is a not-for-profit organisation, every time you visit or donate, you’re helping protect the future of our wonderful wildlife.

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