Critical research on Australian speciesThe animals of Australia’s remote northern regions are little studied, and almost nothing is known about their biology, health, population management or rehabilitation. This means that for captive breeding programs, or for species where every individual is critical such as Northern bettongs (Bettongia tropica), we have no knowledge on how to assist them. Incredibly this holds true for almost every vertebrate species in northern Australia, including the array of tropical possums, kangaroos and birds.
Forever Wild aims to change this because wildlife health and rehabilitation of key specie can be critical to maintaining populations in wilderness landscapes - think of the sudden outbreak of disease that threatened the existence of the Tasmanian Devil in recent years. Forever Wild has partnered with preeminent wildlife medicine and rehabilitation specialist Dr. Annabelle Olsson, and we have opened a dedicated facility called the Korrarook Wildlife Rehabilitation & Conservation of Northern Australia at the Tropical Wetlands Reserve. near Cairns, North Queensland.
The Critical Care HospitalDr. Olsson veterinary clinic in Cairns is the primary medical facility for incoming wildlife. Animals come to us from across northern Australia, and the focus is on species that are in decline, rare or are considered keystone ecological species. Critical biological, behavioural and medical data is collected, most of it for the first time it has been collected anywhere. The Korrarook clinical team have vast experience in wildlife health, and the technical facilities are the first phase of the long road to rehabilitation and release back into the wild. We are working to raise funds to expand the Korrarook clinic with a fully equipped, dedicated wildlife hospital facility.
Rehabilitation & ConservationOnce the animals are treated they may move to the Rehabilitation & Conservation facility, situated on our Tropical Wetlands Reserve, where they often require weeks or months or rehabilitation. Once again the knowledge gained represents some of the only data ever collected on these species. The process of rehabilitation can be long and complex, and expensive. Please consider supporting KWRCC to build more pens, provide nutrition and in some cases on-going medical attention.
The Korrarook Wildlife Rehabilitation & Conservation Center of Northern Australia will be taking a limited number of volunteers as it develops. If you wish to work with one of the world’s leading wildlife veterinarians, be directly involved in the care and rehabilitation of wild animals and live in a remote and beautiful reserve for a few weeks, please continue reading!
- Volunteers will be directly involved in the care, rehabilitation and data collection of wild animals.
- Volunteers will live onsite on a Forever Wild reserve, in the remote and spectacular Australian outback
- Volunteer places are limited and selection is competitive. The work can be hard and tiring, but the rewards incredible
- Volunteers must sign up for a minimum of 4 weeks. There will only be 3 volunteer places per rotation
- Volunteers must meet the minimum skills and criteria, be self-reliant, capable and comfortable living in an isolated bush setting
Please support the medical care and rehabilitation program for wilderness animals:
Help Build a possum pen
$10 per animal
Microscope with camera
Oxygen Therapy cage
Species specific tree plantings and care
Click here to donate. If you wish to support a specific activity or equipment please let us know and we can ensure your donation is used for that purpose.