New vehicles to boost animal emergency response

RACQ president and chair Leona Murphy visited the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.

RACQ has provided two new vehicles to Wildlife Warriors for the Australia Zoo Rescue Unit, to be used as animal ambulances responding to wildlife emergencies.

With more than 2000 patients helped by the Rescue Unit in the past 12 months, the new vehicles have been fitted with state-of-the-art medical equipment to transport sick and injured animals to Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.

RACQ and Wildlife Warriors are celebrating an incredible 10 years of partnership, and the vehicles will replace those first provided to the global charity in 2014.

RACQ president and chair Leona Murphy visited the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital to celebrate the milestone and see the impact of the rescue vehicles first-hand.

Ms Murphy said the Club was proud of its long-standing partnership with Wildlife Warriors, helping to protect and conserve wildlife.

“At RACQ, we aim to be a force for good. Supporting Queenslanders is at the heart of everything we do, and that includes the State’s wildlife,” she said.

“We’re extremely proud to provide these vehicles and we know the vital role they play in Wildlife Warriors’ conservation efforts that have an impact on the liveability of our State as a whole.”

RACQ will continue to supply registration, insurance, fuel and maintenance for the vehicles, ensuring the team can rescue injured wildlife as efficiently as possible.

Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital veterinarian and manager Dr Ludo Valenza said they were thankful for RACQ’s continued support.

“The Australia Zoo Rescue Unit is on the road seven days a week responding to different wildlife emergencies. There is no job too big or small when it comes to helping animals,” Dr Ludo said.

“The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital is the busiest of its kind and has treated over 130,000 animals since first opening in 2004.

“Our world-class rehabilitation facility provides the highest quality of treatment and care to every patient admitted, including animals transported to us by the vehicles provided by RACQ.

“Thanks to the support of RACQ and its members, Wildlife Warriors can continue to help beautiful animals, like Nunkerui.”

Nunkerui, a sweet koala, is suffering from conjunctivitis, a common symptom of chlamydia. This disease is tragically affecting koalas in the wild, and the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital is providing specialised treatment and around-the-clock care to help Nunkerui. She will remain in care until she makes a full recovery.

To visit Australia Zoo and see firsthand the amazing work the team do, RACQ members can purchase discounted tickets via RACQ Member Benefits, with a $2 donation from each admission ticket donated to the Wildlife Hospital.