Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

6th June, 2021

Here at ReAmped Energy, we’re all about giving a sh#t (pardon the French). We realise that it’s too easy to become another slice of the corporate pie when you work in the energy industry, so we thought long and hard about what sort of difference we wanted to make when it came to our social media and sponsorships. One thing we knew for sure is that we all love animals! We’d find ourselves posting often about our office pets, and there was no escaping the world of fur and over-excitement.

We started exploring how we could help other animals and began sponsoring a dingo called Wattle, a wombat called Bella and a platypus called Aroona.

Then one day while we were trawling the throngs of animal welfare groups, we found Currumbin Wildlife Hospital.

Currumbin are renowned across Australia for treating, rehabilitating and releasing sick, injured and orphaned native wildlife. Currumbin Wildlife Hospital was built in 2009 and had planned to cater for a 10-20% growth in admissions. However, that number has since increased by over 300% with the hospital regularly operating well above capacity.

With severe drought conditions and intensifying bushfires, the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital has seen a significant increase in admissions from in and around the fire zones making it one of the busiest wildlife hospitals in the world. In 2020 they had almost 14,000 animals through their doors. With each patient needing individualised care the costs associated are often quite high. An example of this is the treatment, rehabilitation and release of just one koala can cost up to $7,000.

There are a lot of things that we, as a community, can do to help Currumbin Wildlife Hospital starting with our day to day. Here are some examples:

  • Clean up after yourself, especially near waterways. A fishing hook being removed from a pelican’s stomach can cost $3,000 and a whole lot of stress on the bird.
  • Keep your dogs on leashes except for in specified off-leash areas and put a bell on your cat’s collar. A number of animals that frequent Currumbin Wildlife Hospital have been attacked by domestic pets.
  • Be aware of the habitats around you, so many animals are left displaced due to cutting trees, poisoning or planting introduced/exotic species.
  • Prevent bushfires by extinguishing campfires and cigarette butts. Abide by fire bans. Carry a stove when camping as many small animals use dead fallen wood for shelter or nesting sites.
  • Make sure there is plenty of free space around your appliances, including fridges and microwaves.
  • Reuse, recycle, save water and use less energy.
  • Donate to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital. They take donations of all sizes and also welcome donated goods such as towels, blankets and bowls.

We are an extremely proud partner of Currumbin Wildlife Hospital. We feel privileged to support the extraordinary work that their team of vets and volunteers do for our native wildlife.