Coffs Coast Wildlife Hospital

A new self-funded facility

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  • EXCERPT : A new self-funded facility

The concept for this development is based on a new model for a self-funded Wildlife Hospital facility. The concept draws on post occupancy evaluations and funding model analysis of other leading Wildlife Hospital facilities including Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Hospital and the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital.

The considerable funding requirements for these existing facilities rely heavily on donations, grants and benefactors to stay open. The Coffs Coast model will be vastly different and will rely on teaching facilities and eco-educational tourism strategies to raise funds. These facilities and strategies will include international veterinarian training, university partnerships, school’s programs, day visitors, conferences, as well as training and documentary facilities.

A feature will be the world’s largest wildlife necropsy room designed to facilitate large animal necropsy (autopsy) and research on animals up to 12m in length (e.g., humpback whale). Central to this educational agenda will be online educational podcast sessions ranging from wildlife rescue procedures to treatment and necropsy.

The building is purpose designed for education as well as treatment with an upper-floor totally dedicated to educational viewing of the everyday activities in the facility. This will allow students and tourists to view and learn without impacting on the activities of staff. Interactive displays and guides will further enhance this educational base.

The Coffs Coast Koala and Wildlife Research and Teaching Hospital will be run by a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the rescue and treatment of between 5000 and 8000 animals per year.