1100 in one month: Animal care centre ‘running out of room’
More than 1100 animals needed lifesaving treatment at Australia Zoo since the start of trauma season one month ago, which continues to triple each year.
Koala admissions, in particular, spike at this time of year.
The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital currently has 62 koalas in care.
"Some days we see seven koalas arrive, and we are quickly running out of room," Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors founder Terri Irwin said.
Trauma season for native wildlife runs from September to February.
Wildlife begin to move out as the weather heats up.
Many species are on the lookout for water, a friend or mating season, and youngsters begin to explore.
Ms Irwin said it's a challenging and dangerous time for wildlife with car strikes and pet attacks as two of the biggest causes for injured animals admitted to the hospital.
She said the wildlife hospital team are bracing for an even bigger trauma season this year as it has already been an "extremely" busy start.
"Given the devastating toll the bushfires took on our wildlife earlier this year, it is vitally important for every single one of us to be Wildlife Warriors and do our part to help preserve our native wildlife," Ms Irwin said.
"It can be as simple as slowing down on the roads at dawn and dusk when our native wildlife is more active and ensuring pets are indoors at night-time."
The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital operates around the clock.
It has treated more than 95,000 sick, injured and orphaned animals since opening in 2004.