Bonorong’s wildlife clinic arrives!

The clinic was pre-fabricated on the Australian mainland then shipped to Tasmania. PHOTO: © E WoehlerBonorong's wildlife clinic arrived in two pieces on a sunny and calm winter's day at Tasmania's leading wildlife refuge. Supported by IFAW, the wildlife clinic will be Tasmania's first, providing critical care to native wildlife with dedicated facilities.

The clinic was pre-fabricated on the Australian mainland then shipped to Tasmania ready to bolt together. The two large and over-sized trucks made easy work of the twisting dirt road up the hill to the site, and the crane placed the two sections just 3 cm apart on foundations. The whole installation took less than an hour.

Three wedge-tailed eagles soared effortlessly overhead; the two adults and one juvenile being the first wildlife to see Bonorong's clinic in situ.

The clinic is now being outfitted with equipment and will be formally opened for the bushfire season, expected to be the clinic’s busiest time of year, in the next few weeks.

The Bonorong clinic will provide free veterinary care for all wild animals brought in, which will be an invaluable community service for Tasmania. Anyone who has driven around the state will have witnessed the shocking amount of native animals injured or killed on the road. While vet clinics do their best to help injured wildlife they often don’t have the time or the specialist training or facilities.

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Since wild animals die from stress very quickly, being kept in the same area as cats and dogs can hinder their recovery. Volunteer wildlife carers and members of the public often end up paying for treatment out of their own pockets.

IFAW is very proud to be part of this exciting venture and I look forward to personally visiting the clinic once its doors are open. Well done, team Bonorong!


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