Probe continues into Australia Zoo animal hospital
BIOSECURITY Queensland is continuing its investigation into the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, three months after concerns were first raised.
Wildlife carers say they remain fearful of sending their animals to the not-for-profit organisation founded by Steve Irwin's mum Lyn.
The Daily revealed on October 3 as many as 12 staff had left the facility in six months and a vet had been sacked mid-surgery.
Further media reports sparked the promise of an investigation. A Biosecurity Queensland spokesperson has advised this is ongoing.
Sources close to the wildlife hospital say little has changed.
"It's the same situation, but even more people have left and they have had to get new people in," one said.
"Carers are nervous about taking their animals there."
An Australia Zoo spokeswoman has denied there is any reason for concern.
"We were really surprised at the reports that came up about the wildlife hospital," she said.
"The hospital is constantly changing and evolving to meet the needs of wildlife admittance. Trauma season has, as usual, seen our busiest months, which can be heartbreaking but reveals some of the most rewarding moments as well.
"The report in the Daily unfortunately reflected information that had come from disgruntled staff and therefore wasn't accurate."
The hospital's reputation took another hit late last year when the women behind Twinnies Pelican and Seabird Rescue, Paula and Bridgette Powers, withdrew support after a dispute over its treatment of animals.
Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital is a free public service and not-for-profit organisation funded by the Wildlife Warriors charity and sponsored by Australia Zoo.
The spokeswoman said it was open to the public to allow them to speak to staff and see the life-saving work.
"We're very proud of our work. We have the best team and provide the best care for all wildlife," she said.
"Any allegations to the contrary are simply untrue."
Carers, some of who have been involved with the wild
life hospital for more than a decade, paint a different picture.
One said there was concern some animals were euthanised when they still had a chance of surviving.
"There used to be a passion there. Steve would go and visit after hours but since Steve has gone, the passion has gone out of it for the hospital," the carer said.