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Published On: 21 Jul 2022

Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Open day 2022

"Make every effort towards wildlife conservation and ensure that our children have the opportunity to see wildlife" - Alex Griffiths 1973

This year (2022) Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is celebrating its 75th Anniversary!

It all started when 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.

In 1995 it was renamed Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, and is now one of the most iconic tourist attractions in Australia.

We'll be kicking off 75th Anniversary celebrations with our annual Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Open Day on Saturday the 23rd of July 2022.

In 1989 as Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary grew, their first vet was hired, and so began the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital.

It’s now one of the busiest wildlife hospitals in the world, admitting more than 14,000 patients last year alone, including more than 500 Koalas!

They can’t do it alone, Currumbin Wildlife Hospital provides a free service to the community, and relies heavily on donations. Each Koala treated at the hospital costs around $7000.

The Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Open day is a rare opportunity for the community to go behind the scenes and access to areas usually closed to the public.

Learn about how veterinary staff and volunteers treat, rehabilitate, and release sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife animals.

Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Senior Vet Michael Pyne says “Our Open Day is an opportunity for the community to see the important work we do, and how their donations are put into action saving our Native Wildlife. We welcome everyone to come along, enjoy a day out, and learn about what they can do to help protect our local wildlife."