Gumnut's story of survival
Gumnut is an orphaned baby koala. Earlier this year her mum was hit by a car. At the time of the incident Gumnut was found clinging to her dead mum, scared, starving and dehydrated.
From the moment Gumnut arrived at the Australian Wildlife Hospital, vets and keepers have been hand-raising her. She’s bottle-fed numerous times a day with a special koala formula, and taken home by a keeper each night where she sleeps. This care will continue around the clock, 24 hours a day, seven days a week for the next 12 months.
Gumnut is just one of the 1,000+ animals that are brought to the Wildlife Hospital each year. Many are victims of human activity, impacted by road trauma and habitat loss. Others are found dehydrated and exhausted from extreme weather conditions, or suffering the effects from ingesting plastic rubbish.
Most animals are successfully treated but many need months of rehabilitation before they can be released back into the wild. And it’s this ongoing care that can be extremely costly.
This winter we need to raise $200,000 to sustain our wildlife hospital over the coming months, so animals like Gumnut get the medical attention they deserve.
Zoos Victoria is a not-for-profit conservation organisation and we rely heavily on the support of the Victorian public.
Donate today and help our Vet Team continue to treat our precious wildlife.