Groups and Facilities
Moggill Koala Hospital
Operated by the Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM), Queensland government, this hospital is involved in the rescue of wildlife, with a particular focus on koalas, and is the only state government-run wildlife hospital in Queensland. Almost 1000 sick and injured koalas and other wild animals come through its doors every year. The hospital is staffed by two veterinarians and seven rangers, and has the assistance of some 45 volunteers who work on a rotating basis. Orphaned wild animals brought in are given over to and raised by volunteer wildlife carers. Although not generally open to the public, thanks to the cooperation of the state government, AJWCEF has access to the hospital as a site for practical training during our wildlife conservation courses where participants get hands on clinical and nursing experience with Australia's unique animals (marsupials and monotremes).
David Fleays Wildlife Park (DFWP)
This park was established by Dr. David Fleay as a educational facility to inform the public about Australia's unique animals and the need to protect them. It is now operated by the Queensland state government. The majority of animals at the park are unique to Australia, with many of the actually being endangered. AJWCEF also conducts part of its training courses at this park, allowing participants to take part in the practical matters relating to husbandry for marsupials and monotremes as they are given explanations directly from state government rangers. The park also conducts captive breeding programs, returning some of these animals to the natural environment. Some of the animals at the park include:
- cassowaries (endangered)
- Lumholtz tree kangaroos (threatened)
- mahogany gliders (endangered)
- Julia Creek dunnarts (endangered)
- greater bilbies (endangered)
- Proserpine rock wallabies (endangered)
- koalas (regionally vulnerable)
- freshwater and salt water crocodiles
- a variety of reptiles
Ipswich Koala Protection Society (IKPS)
The forerunner of this society was established in the city of Ipswich, Queensland, in October 1994, taking on its current name in 2000. It is a group of enthusiastic volunteers who rescue, care for and protect wildlife. Its main activities include:
- conservation and restoration of wildlife habitat
- wildlife rescue (24-hour/day wildlife ambulance service)
- raising of orphaned wildlife and returning them to the wild
- community education regarding wildlife protection
- surveys and advice regarding wildlife protection and habitat
- fund-raising to support the abovementioned activities.
The IKPS and the AJWCEF have entered into a cooperative agreement to advance wildlife protection activities.
Institute of Continuing and TESOL Education (University of Queensland)
The oldest university in the state of Queensland, the main campus of the University of Queensland is located in the state capital of Brisbane. It was ranked in the top 50 universities in the world for graduate employability by the 2008 Employer Review, which contributes to the Times Higher Education - QS survey analysis. Over 38,000 students, including 7500 exchange students from over 120 countries around the world, study at this university. The campus itself is also known for its beauty. ICTE-UQ, which has its office at the main campus in the suburb of St Lucia, is a government registered and accredited English school the provides high quality English language education. In partnership with the AJWCEF, ICTE-UQ plans and conducts the Australian wildlife protection study tours.
Nippon Veterinary & Life Science University (NVLU)
The Nippon Veterinary & Life Science University (NVLU) is Japan's oldest, private veterinary school having originally been established in the Otowa district of Bunkyo ward, Tokyo, in 1881. Later, the university merged with the Nippon Medical School. Presently, the Faculty of Veterinary Science includes the Department of Veterinary Medicine and the Department of Veterinary Nursing and Technology, while the Faculty of Applied Life Science incorporates the Department of Animal Science and the Department of Food Science and Technology, with each department equipped to provide opportunities for doctoral studies. There are approximately 150 staff members, around 1500 students undertaking undergraduate and post-graduate studies and over 16,000 alumni; although small in scale the university boasts a shining tradition as a seat of learning. The university is also involved in international collaboration in education and research through various academic exchange agreements that it has concluded with universities overseas. Activities in the areas of short-term researcher and student training, student exchanges and overseas practical training for undergraduates take place under a collaborative agreement between NVLU and the University of Queensland. The Japan Office of the AJWCEF is in the Laboratory of Veterinary Anatomy of NVLU, providing support for AJWCEF's wildlife protection activities in Japan.