Wildlife Warriors is the Irwin family’s not-for-profit organisation, focused on continuing Steve Irwin’s legacy in sharing their love for all creatures of the planet. They do amazing work helping save thousands of lives per year — not only for wildlife in the local area who are mostly affected by human influence such as hit by cars, but also across the planet through global partnerships in conservation projects.
The largest Wildlife Warriors project is the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, the busiest of its kind in the world:
• Up to 100 wildlife emergency calls are received daily.
• Up to 30 different species are admitted to the hospital daily.
• An average of 70 koalas come through the hospital every month.
• Approximately 70% of patients are victims of car accidents or domestic pet attacks.
Despite seeing so many injured/sick animals at the hospital, witnessing the love and care they receive leaves you beaming with gratitude and inspiration. I walked out of this magical place proud to call myself a Wildlife Warrior.
Prickles is a short-beaked echidna. He was admitted to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital with a severe eye condition and unfortunately lost his vision. He would not have been able to survive in the wild, so now he lives it up here at Australia Zoo instead, eating out of the hands of lucky visitors like us.
This is Lucy, a baby koala who was even smaller than this when found by the Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors rescue team. She was suffering from conjunctivitis and all alone in the scorching heat, lost on a suburban driveway. The mother could not be found, so now Lucy is in the care of the hospital. Baby koalas need to hold on to their mothers for the first 18 months of their lives in order to develop the skills they need for adulthood, so now Julie (the woman holding Lucy) is her pseudo mother! Lucy clings to Julie all day while she goes about her work at the hospital, and even sleeps with her at home. This place is filled with incredible people.
Approx 40 koalas are currently in the loving care of Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital (and this is a “quiet” period). Most often hit by cars or victims of disease, these koalas are nurtured back to health through extensive rehabilitation programs to ensure they are able to return home to the wild. The branches seen here are freshly picked every day.. One person’s job is dedicated to driving around the forests of Queensland, picking a wide variety of eucalyptus leaves to ensure their natural habitat is simulated as accurately as possible, and that the recovering koalas receive all the nutrients they need. Amazing.
The Hospital in Action
This gorgeous little owl has a fractured wing. On the left he is briefly sedated while having his bandage changed. Just a few minutes later, we ran into him in the hallway with his big beautiful eyes and feathers all puffed up! Stunning.
This little kangaroo appreciated his feed so much, he insisted on holding my hand the entire time! ❤️
Surround with me animals, and I will be forever happy.