Locally owned and operated by the CaPTA Group, the Wildlife Habitat is committed to the conservation of native species via its Wildlife Care Centre and its extensive involvement in other conservation programs and research. In addition to your visit to the wildlife park, you can go behind the scenes and see the ongoing work involved in caring for injured, orphaned and sick animals. Each month we receive numerous animals that we look after in the care centre, and out of those patients we will pick one to be the patient of the month! Click on the months below to check out the patient of that month!
Patient Of The Month: January 2018 – February 2018 – March 2018
January : Eastern Grey Kangaroo
This cute little Eastern Grey Kangaroo joey was brought into the Wildlife Habitat Care Centre on 21st October weighing around 1.2kg. Initially, she was being fed every four hours around the clock whilst she settled into her new surrounds. As she grew, her need for such regular milk feeds reduced but her quantity increased. Moving along, a big milestone for her, was her first hop, which was mid-November. Following that she started eating more solid foods and her milk was slowly reduced. Christina, the keeper who was looking after her was a very proud mum! The joey has now been sent to another carer, where she will have the opportunity to socialise with the other kangaroos, and then ultimately released back into the wild!
The Eastern Grey Kangaroos can grow to around 1.3 meters, and have a wide and almost continuous distribution between inland plains and the coast. These roos love resting in the shade or underneath some trees, avoiding the hottest parts of the day.
February : White-lipped tree frog
The Wildlife Habitat Care Centre really does care for all creatures great and small! This poor little fella was brought in with a laceration to his back-right leg. Fortunately, our dedicated keepers were able to treat the wound.
The White-lipped tree frog, also known as the giant tree frog and can grow up to 14cm making it Australia’s largest frog. They are well known in Cairns and surrounds and are often spotted in urban gardens or even in the house! Luckily, they are not dangerous and usually mind their own business.
The White-lipped tree frog eats things such as arthropods and insects. For this little fella, it will be 5-star service for the next couple of weeks with his meals being served up for him! All that is needed now is some rest and recovery and then he will be released back in to the wild.
March: White-breasted woodswallow
This cute little White-breasted woodswallow was brought in as a small chick after it was suspected he was knocked out of a nest. He has now lost all chick feathers and growing into his adult plumage. White-breasted woodswallows are highly sociable and are often found in small flocks, sometimes reaching groups of around 50. They are aerial feeders, catching small insects on the wing as they fly over water or land. We are hoping this little bird is not too far off catching insects of his own when he is released after “flight training”
Although this little guy is in the Care Centre, you can come and have a look at this species within our Woodlands environment and even ask our friendly keepers for some fun facts!