Wildlife Health at the Avian Reptile and Exotic Pet Hospital
What is the Avian Reptile and Exotic Pet Hospital?
Where do you take a koala who has been hit by a car, or a wombat who is suffering from dehydration? The Avian Reptile and Exotic Pet Hospital (AREPH) is the only purpose-built University-run wildlife hospital in Australia. It also includes a state-of-the-art laboratory for the study of exotic animal and wildlife health.
Around 1000 wildlife cases each year are managed by AREPH at Camden who receive no external funding for this treatment of wildlife – it relies solely on donations from members of the public and from the income generated through the AREPH. It is now around 25% of all the cases we see here at AREPH.
New building developments have destructed natural habitats, and as a result, we have seen a significant increase in the number of wildlife cases admitted to our hospital.
What type of care does AREPH provide to sick and injured animals?
AREPH has many furry, fuzzy and slimy clientele, from blue-tongue lizards, lace monitors, and turtles, to koalas, sugar gliders and joeys.
Appin Jack is a koala we recently treated after he was found injured on the side of the road after being hit by a car. He suffered severe trauma to both of his eyes and required one eye to be removed.
Due to the severity of his injuries he couldn’t be released into the wild. Luckily we were able to arrange for him to go into permanent care at the Koala Hospital, where he is happily living with the other koalas.
In the past four years we have treated more than 4500 wildlife cases. This treatment does not stop at surgery; it also includes extended periods within rehabilitative facilities on site before we secure their support with WIRES or other wildlife organisations.
To continue helping our much-loved wildlife patients we need your support.
How will your support help?
The AREPH has several priorities. Your donation will:
- help all wildlife in our care and support them through their rehabilitation
- fund new reptile enclosures so our bearded dragons, blue tongue lizards, native pythons and turtles can enjoy a comfortable and climate-controlled stay in hospital
- help upgrade our avian wildlife cages
- fund a dedicated veterinarian to treat these wildlife cases
- fund new mammal cages for possums, gliders and marsupials while they recover from their various ailments
- help update our koala den to include large branches and a new set of high forks to allow them the height they need while in our care.
What can you do to help support wildlife at AREPH?
Like our animals, donations both large and small mean so much to us and allow us to give wildlife animals the best care.
If you are not in a position to give, please share our project with your friends and family through social media and your networks.