The Australia Zoo, founded by the late Steve Irwin, is fire-free and has taken in as many animals as possible affected by the horrific fires across Australia.
Queensland, Australia – The Irwin family have honoured Steve’s legacy by opening their zoo to the injured and displaced animals from across Australia. The devastating fires are said to have killed millions of animals, decimated the already declining Koala Bear numbers and destroyed crucial habitats of animals with almost nowhere else to go.
It has been absolutely heartbreaking seeing the images and videos of animals fleeing for their lives. That is why every story about an animal being rescued, warms our hearts. It is hard to think about it, but we are glad there are so many people out there willing to risk their lives for animals in need!
The Australia Zoo located on the Sun Coast of Queensland has been fortunate not to be affected by the fires meaning they have been able to create a safe haven for injured animals.
Bindi Irwin, daughter of the late Steve Irwin, shared an update that the zoo was safe and that they were taking in as many animals as possible, and had treated a whopping 90,000 animals at their wildlife hospital (not all related to the fire) over the past few years.
Not only has the zoo honoured Steve, but also Bindi’s grandmother, for who their animal hospital was named after.
“With so many devastating fires within Australia, my heart breaks for the people and wildlife who have lost so much. I wanted to let you know that we are SAFE. There are no fires near us AustraliaZoo or our conservation properties. Our Wildlife Hospital is busier than ever though, having officially treated over 90,000 patients. My parents dedicated our Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital to my beautiful grandmother. We will continue to honour her by being Wildlife Warriors and saving as many lives as we can.” – Bindi Irwin
While habitats recover after the end of the fires, the zoo will keep all animals at their conservation centres until they can be released back to the wild.
Robert Irwin, son of Steve Irwin, shared a heartwarming photo on his Instagram of their 90,000th patient, an orphaned platypus.
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This is patient number 90,000 that the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital has treated. ‘Ollie’ the orphaned platypus is receiving round the clock care until he can be released back to the wild. Over the last 16 years, the hospital has provided 24/7 wildlife rehabilitation and an incredible animal rescue service. We’re so proud of this world-class facility! Thank you for your support – with pressures from drought to bushfires, wildlife need our help now more than ever.
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Thank you for your kind comments of support during these devastating Australian bushfires. Australia Zoo and our team are safe and far away from any of the fires. We are continuing to do as much we can to support our wildlife and wild places. We’re always so grateful when you visit us here at #AustraliaZoo as our profits go straight back into conservation. This is what Steve and Terri have always been so passionate about, giving everything they have to protect wildlife and their habitat. Our profits have gone towards securing nearly half a million acres of conservation property in Australia, protecting native species. We cover all administrative costs @wildlifewarriorsworldwide allowing every donation to go straight towards helping animals. We are the major sponsor funding the #AustraliaZooWildlifeHospital to care for over 90,000 wildlife patients. When you meet our cheetahs, rhinos or tigers at Australia Zoo the funds go towards supporting wild cheetah and rhino conservation work in Africa and employing a team of 60 rangers in Sumatra to dismantle illegal tiger snare traps. We’ve funded and participated in over 50 conservation studies, researching more about how to better protect our planet. Here at Australia Zoo we want to continue to make Steve proud by being Wildlife Warriors educating and inspiring others to make a difference while doing everything we can to protect our Mother Earth.