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Injured green turtle rescued

News source: Sunshine Coast Daily
30 December 2007

Injured green turtle rescuedA YOUNG female green turtle was found floating in rough seas at Maroochydore beach early yesterday morning.

It took seven surf lifesavers to lift the 40kg turtle ashore, where she was attended to until Australia Zoo crew arrived at 8.40 am.

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Slow down, for the sake of our furry friends

News source: The Courier-Mail
24 December 2007
By Roseanne Barrett

Nursed back to healthVETERINARIANS are warning motorists to slow down on the roads after the worst year for animal road trauma.

This year the country's largest animal treatment centre, Queensland's Australian Wildlife Hospital, has treated a record 6,000 animals - one quarter of which are road-related. It was the most common reason for hospital admissions and with the increase in holiday road traffic, vets are urging drivers to be more vigilant on the roads.

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Crikey! Animal health scanned

News source: Sunshine Coast Daily
29 November 2007
By Sam Benger and AAP

Crikey! Animal health scannedSICK and injured wildlife will soon benefit from the best in human ultrasound imaging after a donation of $470,000 worth of diagnostic equipment to Australia Zoo's Beerwah wildlife hospital.

Queensland Diagnostic Imaging yesterday donated the two ultrasound machines to the wildlife hospital after an upgrade of its equipment at its clinics.

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Saving on steriliser

News source: Noosa News
2 October 2007
By Grant Reynolds

Saving on steriliserNOT many people would happen to have a surgical steriliser lying around.

But Noosa Hospital did and they quickly found a worthy recipient.

Noosa Hopsital workplace health and safety co-ordinator Ian Pederson said after a staff member left to take up a position at the Wildlife Hospital, he browsed the Wildlife Warriors website and stumbled across a wish list of items the Wildlife Hospital needed, which included the steriliser.

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Veronicas sign up for Steve

News source: Sunshine Coast Daily
20 September 2007

The Veronicas with Ali the Carpet PythonFEBRUARY 22 was the day Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin was born. September 4 was the day he died. But November 15 will be the date he is remembered around the world.

The Veronicas were at Australia Zoo yesterday to rustle up support for Steve Irwin Day, which will be used as a fundraiser for one of Steve's greatest passions, Wildlife Warriors Worldwide.

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Warriors armed with wildlife learning

News source: The Sunday Mail
9 September 2007

Mudgeeraba State School students with teacher Kim StasiakSEVENTY-ONE years have passed since the death of the last Tasmanian tiger.

The tiger died at Hobart Zoo on September 7 in 1936 and marked the extinction of a national icon.

It's a fate Mudgeeraba State School's Year 4 students want no other animal to suffer.

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Koala Crusade

News source: Weekender

30 August 2007
By Elizabeth Moore

koala crusadeA YEAR after Steve Irwin's untimely death, his passion survives. Wildlife Warriors' chief veterinarian Jon Hanger is one of the reluctant heroes struggling to keep Australia's fauna and flora out of harm's way.

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Wildlife Warrior and billion-dollar businesswoman

News source: Sunshine Coast Daily
28 August 2007

Wildlife Warrior and billion-dollar businesswomanALMOST 35 years ago, Gertrude Boyle was told her Oregon-based Columbia Sportswear Company was virtually bankrupt, but she might be able to sell it for $US1400.

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Wildlife Warriors Volunteers Needed

News Source: Glasshouse Country News

Wildlife Warriors Volunteers NeededTHE Australian Wildlife Hospital and Rescue Unit collects sick, injured and orphaned koalas and other native wildlife, and provides care and rehabilitation in a state-of-the-art facility before releasing them back into the wild.

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Koala gets its claws into V8 Supercar star

News source: Sunshine Coast Daily
24 July 2007

Koala gets its claws into V8 Supercar starFORD V8 Supercar star Mark Winterbottom thought the koala was the wise choice.

On the Sunshine Coast yesterday to visit the Australian Wildlife Hospital and launch Ford Performance Racing's (FPR) Queensland roadtrip with team mate Steve Richards...

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Twin power helps to save injured seabirds

News source: The Sunday Mail
19 August 2007
By Hannah Martin

Twin power helps to save injured seabirdsBRIDGETTE and Paula Powers know only too well the daily threats facing Australia's wildlife.

From the moment the identical twins found and helped an injured pelican during a Sunshine Coast holiday seven years ago, they have dedicated their lives to saving our many seabirds.

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Cold, Cold hearts kill koalas

News source: The Courier-Mail
30 July 2007
By Brian Williams

Cold, Cold hearts kill koalasPIP the koala is lucky. He was saved by workers at the Australian Wildlife Hospital after his mother was brought in ill with disease.

Hospital volunteer Wanda Grabowski said koalas were coming under increasing stress from drought, cold weather and clearing of vegetation.

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Global warming a threat to wildlife

News Source: Sunshine Coast Eco News
June/July 2007
By Carolyn Beaton, Communications Manager, WWW

Global warming a threat to wildlifeTHE mission for Wildlife Warriors Worldwide is to protect wildlife and wildlife habitat, inclusive of humanity. Overriding this endeavour however is the threat of global warming which scientists predict could have a devastating effect on all of Earth's inhabitants if it is not addressed by this generation.

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Injured kite profits from Kiwis

News source: Sunshine Coast
Sunday April 29, 2007
By Alan Lander

Injured kite profits from KiwisWHEN New Zealand couple Dennis and Sharon Proffitt landed on the Sunshine Coast to take an Aussie holiday, they didn't realise they would star in a dramatic wildlife rescue.

Each day last week, as they enjoyed the serenity of Pelican Waters, they were also watching the...

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Wildlife Warriors come to Blackbutt to give cute koalas a real fighting chance

News source: South Burnett Times
4 June 2007
By Loretta Bryce

One of the young koalas released on a Blackbutt property on TuesdayAS I drive onto the famous Irwin family"s Blackbutt property on Tuesday, wallabies jump across the dirt driveway in front of me just after I see the signs warning drivers to slow down. This was the place where four gorgeous,  fuzzy little koalas would be released as part of an Australian Wildlife Hospital research project.

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Project aims to help koalas

News source: Northern Times

Project aims to help koalasBEERWAH-based Wildlife Warriors have launched a world-first research project into the high number of deaths among hand-reared male koalas after release.

Australian Wildlife Hospital manager Gail Gipp said as part of the project, driven by Steve Irwin's father Bob and Wildlife Warriors...

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Record donation for Wildlife Warriors

News source: The Sunday Mail
Sunday March 4
By Lou Robson

FIGHTING ON: Bindi and Robert Irwin with their mother Terri and the fundraising chequeBINDI Irwin went wild when she received a cheque from The Sunday Mail to help save sick and injured animals. The pint-sized conservationist thanked The Sunday Mail and readers for the $103,550.14 cheque - the largest amount ever raised for conservation charity Wildlife Warriors. The money will help build a new Australian Wildlife Hospital and double the number of animals treated to 10,000 a year.

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New hope for injured animals

News source: The Sunday Mail
Sunday March 4
By Lou Robson

RESCUE CENTRAL: Reggae the koala above is on the mend; while Ada top right needed an operation on her jaw after being hit by a car Pictures: MEGAN SLADEThe Australian Wildlife Hospital at Beerwah's Australia Zoo is open to all creatures, LOU ROBSON found

IN A small corner of the busy emergency room, Jon Hanger is preparing to operate. The 36-year-old scrubs up, dons a surgical mask and raises his hands.
"This patient was hit by a car and has quite nasty injuries," Dr Hanger says.
"Ada's got a bad jaw fracture, serious lip lacerations and is one sad koala."
Ada is among 5000 patients admitted to the Australian Wildlife Hospital at Australia Zoo at Beerwah, 20km inland of Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast.
Opened in March 2004, the hospital is open 24 hours and treats all-comers. It was inspired by Lyn Irwin, the mother of the late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin.

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Irwin legacy inspires couple's shining donation

News source: Sunshine Coast Daily

SHINING LIGHTS: Livio and Kerrie piva get up close and personal with eastern water dragon Draco and Sam the Koala, just some of the animals that will be supported through their Christmas lights fundraising for Wildlife Warriors.MORE than five months after Steve Irwin's death, his legacy lives on as locals continue to support Wildlife Warriors. In fact, Buderim couple Livio and Kerrie Piva raised $8000 from their last ever Christmas lights display for a new endoscope for the Australian Wildlife Hospital.

"It's something you remember for the rest of your life when someone like that passes away and we thought it was such a great cause that we wanted to do something for it," Livio said. The figure was the most raised by the couple in the 11-year history of their lights display, which filled every corner of their property.

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Crikey, thanks for the poem Rupert

News source: Weekend Bulletin
February 17-18, 2007
by Katrina Jones

Rupert with koala Carson, Michael Hornby and a copy of his poem - Picture: Fiona HardingTHEY say a picture is worth a thousand words, but poet Rupert McCall's words are worth more than $8400 to endangered animals around the world. Following the death of Steve Irwin last year, McCall wrote the poem, The Crocodiles Are Crying, in his honour. More than 4200 copies of the nine-verse poem were sold with The Gold Coast Bulletin on September 19 for $2 – with the proceeds going to Wildlife Warriors.

CEO Michael Hornby was yesterday presented with the cheque which he said would be put towards the construction of a new wildlife facility at Australia Zoo, at Beerwah. "It will be the world’s largest wildlife facility where more than 10,000 animals can be looked after," he said. Mr Hornby said the poem, read by actor David Wenham at the public memorial, helped many people deal with the grief of losing the Crocodile Hunter.

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Percy goes home

News source: The Weekender
13 February 2007

Percy the green turtle with veterinarian staff

CENTURY-OLD green turtle, Percy has been released back into the ocean after three weeks of rehabilitation at Beerwah's Australian Wildlife Hospital.

Percy was released back into the Pacific's deep waters off Mooloolaba in late January by Australia Zoo's Wildlife Warriors (AZWW). The release operation aboard the Irwin family's Croc One vessel, by chance quickly became a rescue mission. Another turtle, this time a feisty 104 kg female, later named Trident, was found in distress floating nearby.

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Gail driven by a passionate desire to care for our injured native wildlife

News source: Sunshine Coast Daily
13 January 2007
By Rae Wilson

Night nurse: Gail Gipp with Sam the blind koalaRAE Wilson talks to Australian Wildlife Hospital manager Gail Gipp, who has seen it all while working tirelessly to save the lives of critically injured Australian animals.

Unbroken sleep, clocks and uninterrupted travel are foreign concepts to Gail Gipp.

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Wildlife rescue

News source: Adore Magazine
Issue 05, December - January 2007
By Briar Jensen

Dr Stacey Gelis and Dr Che Phillips with Parker the ringtail possum, who after burns and trauma is now back in the wildSUMMER is a precarious time for wildlife. Not only are they more active, but so are we – collisions with vehicles remain the number one cause of death and injury to wildlife in Australia. Networks of volunteers across the country are donating huge amounts of time and resources to care for injured wildlife, and as Briar Jensen discovered, from the numbers involved, it's apparent that Australians rate wildlife care as a top priority.

"To release a bird or animal which, but for our help, would have died, is the biggest buzz," says Caroline Enfield from the Wildlife Information and Rescue Services (WIRES) in New South Wales. "Watching a bird soar or a possum scramble for the highest branches is a feeling like no other."

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Donation for wildlife

News source: Northern Times, Friday 19 January 2007

Executive Manager Michael Hornby, pictured above, was on hand to receive the cheque from Harcourts principal Gay Matthews, pictured.THE Wildlife Warriors, based at Australia Zoo in Beerwah, are $500 better off thanks to Lisa Perro, from Ningi.

Lisa found all the right answers in a "rally around the homes" organised by Harcourts Burpengary/Narangba during the Christmas period.

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Wildlife Warriors to the rescue!

News source: Just Kidding Magazine

Wildlife Warriors to the rescue, Just Kidding MagazineHAVE you ever wondered what it would be like to rescue animals every day? Well, let’s take a sneak peak into the lives of the Wildlife Warriors Rescue Team.

On any given day, the rescue team will find themselves doing anything from collecting a sick koala fallen from a tree to saving a goanna from the side of the road to relocating a crocodile to a safer habitat! Their job is so cool and action-packed, we had to hear about it straight from the source. Here’s what Briano Coulter had to say about his amazing job

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