AUSTRALIA Zoo Wildlife Hospital is on high alert as it approaches its busiest season.
October to February is peak trauma season where an influx of injured wildlife comes through the hospital doors.
During this period, many Australian animals are on the move looking for a mate, a new suitable habitat or to simply venture away from their mothers for the first time, leaving them more vulnerable to injuries caused by coming into conflict with vehicles, people and urban places.
Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital director Dr Rosie Booth said locals could do a lot to help our wildlife in their communities.
"We tend to think it's only important to look out for other vehicles or people on the road, which isn't the case," Dr Booth said.
"We already know that 30% of our admissions to the hospital are hit by cars. It's crucial to our environment to be vigilant of the wildlife surrounding us, especially at night and always expect the unexpected."
Additionally, many people still leave their pets unrestrained, resulting in attacks that can leave our native wildlife injured and fighting for their life.
"We want everyone in Australia to be a Wildlife Warrior and help protect our wildlife," she said.
"Making sure your domestic pets, particularly cats are inside or secured at night, leaving out containers of water on hot days and ensuring you bring any injured animals you find into your nearest hospital or vet."
This is the busiest and most confronting time of the year for the team at Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital and demand for wildlife treatment will only increase as we see expansion projects commencing on the Sunshine Coast and across Australia.
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