Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary has announced a new suite of Community Courses, endeavouring to provide wildlife skills to community members.

Amelia Bello, Education Manager at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary wanted to offer brand new courses that have never been run before, to allow people to upskill and learn about some of their favourite animals in interactive and positive ways. 

''Regardless of what Community Course you choose to do, participants will have the opportunity to work closely with some of our most experienced keepers and veterinary staff to understand about their selected topic," she said. 

"Depending on the course you do choose, there is so much to be involved in, from sampling Indigenous culinary delights, expanding your knowledge on native plant species or conditioning techniques to practising basic veterinary nursing skills and safe wildlife handling techniques. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary’s Community Courses allow participants the exclusive opportunity to get up close with animals they wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to meet, while fulfilling their passion to learn more about specific species."

The 7 action-packed programs include:

  • Insight into Vet Nursing - Ever wanted to know what it is like to walk in the shoes of a vet nurse? Now you have an opportunity.
  • Cooking On Country: Food Adventure - Led by a qualified Indigenous chef, participants will cook multiple recipes, and taste foods made with traditional Indigenous ingredients.
  • Planting for Wildlife - Come and learn from a professional horticulturalist how to plant and landscape your garden to encourage visiting wildlife.
  • Animal Training and Conditioning - This course helps you learn the fundamentals of animal training, operant training techniques and teaching desired behaviour.
  • Australian Mammals: Our Backyard Buddies - Led by our Mammal Supervisor and Koala Specialist, this program teaches basic anatomy and physiology of Australian native mammals.
  • Aussie Wildlife Course - Learn how to provide emergency care for sick, injured or orphaned native wildlife.
  • Advanced Aussie Wildlife Course - Presented by Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary’s veterinarians and hospital staff using the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital facilities, the advanced course will explore the unique anatomy and physiology of Australia’s wildlife.

For more information about the courses, contact Nancy Ruscitti on nruscitti@cws.org.au or 07 5534 0829.

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