Monday, 23 November, 2015

Warren Campbell, who dedicated his life to rescuing and caring for wildlife was today recognised posthumously by IFAW’s Animal Action Awards. The Award was presented to his wife Rae in acknowledgement of his lifetime dedication and the fruition of their shared dream of setting up a koala hospital.


For 52 years, husband and wife team Warren and Rae rescued and rehabilitated an array of wildlife including koalas, wombats, kangaroos, birds, possums and echidnas.  Warren was raised on a farm on the far West Coast of South Australia so always had a love of animals and this interest moved onto wildlife after meeting his wife Rae. After moving to Adelaide, they focused on koalas and fast-realised that there was an acute need for a koala hospital in South Australia. After much research and investigation they hatched a plan to build one in Adelaide.


Sadly Warren passed away in June 2013, after a six year battle with cancer.  With the help and funding from local veterinarian Phil Hutt, the Adelaide Koala and Wildlife Hospital opened its doors in February 2014.


Rae Campbell said “We both shared a love of koalas and Warren assisted me every step of the way, building cages, feeding and cleaning. He would be very happy and proud to see our dream realised.  Over a year and a half, the staff at the hospital have treated more than 1200 patients. If Warren were here today he would be very honoured and humbled to receive this award. Thank you IFAW.”


IFAW’s Deanne Gibbs, who presented the award to Rae today said “IFAW is delighted to present this award to Warren today in recognition of his lifetime dedication to saving our  wildlife.”


IFAW’s Animal Action Awards recognises outstanding achievements in the field of animal welfare.

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