MP launches new wildlife charity
News source: The Range News, Thursday 20 April 2006
FEDERAL Member of Longman and Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Mal Brough, launched the world's newest wildlife charity on Thursday, April 13.
Along with Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin and his family, Mr Brough officially launched Wildlife Warriors Worldwide, a charity which has been set up to protect precious wildlife and undertake research into species and habitat conservation in Australia, Indonesia, Bhutan, Cambodia and India.
Wildlife Warriors have already established the Australian Wildlife Hospital at Beerwah where more than 3,000 injured native animals receive veterinary care each year.
These native animals are often victims of land clearing, motor vehicles or domestic pets, but with the majority of patients recovering and returned back to the wild it is an essential and effective service in the preservation of wildlife and their habitat.
Mr Brough has an active association with the Australian Wildlife Hospital , he regularly brings in injured wildlife for veterinary attention and his work with Narangba Valley State High School has resulted in the leadership students raising $2000 for the Hospital.
Mr Brough also paid for the printing of posters promoting the Wildlife Hospital 's services, and these posters are currently being distributed throughout south-east Queensland .
Mr Brough said he was proud to have such an important and ground-breaking facility in his electorate.
“The work undertaken here puts the Hospital and its dedicated team at the forefront of wildlife conservation and makes them world leaders in their field,” he said. “The Wildlife Hospital regularly consults with and fields enquiries from Australian and international zoos and wildlife organisations.”
“The research done here in Beerwah will have long-term benefits for native animals and conservation habitats worldwide.”