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Wildlife Rehabilitation Project

Support a grassroots wildlife rehabilitation centre to care for sick and injured animals. Join Infuse in Southeast Queensland to partner with WRREA (Wildlife Rescue, Rehabilitation and Education Association), a small organisation with a big mission – to rescue, protect, and rehabilitate local wildlife by providing food, water, natural habitat, and medication to animals in need. Students gain hands-on experience with wildlife while supporting one of Infuse’s Foundation projects. Along the way, support environmental projects, cook meals for the homeless, discover the magnificent Glass House Mountains, learn about the region’s Aboriginal heritage and enjoy the beaches of the Sunshine Coast.

Highlights

Develop your knowledge of conservation through an experiential workshop at Australia Zoo before spending four days at a wildlife rehabilitation centre.

Learn about conservation issues from a wildlife biologist who’s undertaken research projects on echidnas and other native species.

Care for sick and injured animals by providing food, water, shelter and medication to animals in need.

Connect with Gubbi Gubbi people, some of the traditional owners of the Sunshine Coast region.

Live at our base house in the Glass House Mountains then camp out in swags.

Day 1: Arrival and Orientation

Fly into Brisbane Airport or be picked up from your school in Southeast Queensland. Meet your Program Leaders who’ll be with you for the duration of the program and head to our base in the Glass House Mountains, just inland from the Sunshine Coast. Settle in then take short hike up to the top of a mountain for magnificent 360-degree views of farmland, hills and coastline. Watch the sunset behind the hills and hear stories of the area’s Aboriginal history. Tonight, we’ll eat at the dinner at the base and prepare ourselves for our week of service ahead.

Overnight: Infused Base House, Glass House Mountains

Sample Itinerary

Day 2: Aboriginal Culture and Environmental Service

This morning you’ll awake to stunning views across the treetops to the peaks of the Glass House Mountains. After breakfast, you will have the opportunity to engage with a member from the local Gubbi Gubbi Aboriginal community. This will be your chance to learn about the traditional owners of this land and hear stories of the area. You will also be able to learn about some bush tucker and traditional medicine.

This afternoon, support a local community group with environmental service projects on the Sunshine Coast. Projects may include tree planting, sand dune restoration, removal of invasive species, or beach clean-ups.

Overnight: Infused Base House, Glass House Mountains

Day 3: Cooking for the Homeless

Spend this morning with our community partner, The Shack, which supports marginalised members of the community such as those experiencing homelessness. Learn about their charity, then spend a day cooking meals to stock their freezers. We will finish the day at Mooloolaba Beach for a swim and BBQ dinner.

Overnight: Infused Base House, Glass House Mountains

Day 4: Australia Zoo and Wildlife Hospital

Today will be full of animal interaction and education! Split into groups to complete tasks with the Keepers in different departments and in hands-on involvement in enrichment activities for the animals. Participate in maintenance projects, cleaning of enclosures, and preparing food for the animals to help the zoo to run smoothly. Have lunch watching the famous Croc show at the Crocoseum.

In the afternoon head to the Infused base house and settle in before a sunset hike up Mt Ngungun. At the top hear the Aboriginal dreamtime story of how the Glass House Mountains were formed as you watch the sun set over the mountains.

Overnight: Infused Base House, Glass House Mountains

Days 5 - 7: Wildlife Rehabilitation Project

Head into the bush to support a grassroots wildlife rehabilitation centre. Join a wildlife caretaker who has dedicated her life to nursing injured wildlife on her 40-acre property with echidnas, kangaroos, and native birds. Learn about her project and the ecosystems she supports and apply the skills and context you’ve collected from Australia Zoo to this grassroots operation.

At any given time WRREA houses up to 150 animals in their care such as kangaroos, echidnas, owls, emus and koalas. The organisation also works to educate the local community on the needs of wildlife and the importance of protecting these species. WRREA was founded to meet the protection and rehabilitation needs of local wildlife. The inspiring founder runs the operations of WRREA on her own and has devoted her life to rehabilitating injured wildlife. Your support will assist with the daily tasks associated with running a wildlife rehabilitation centre.

Overnight: Camping in Swags, Private Property

Day 8: Finish Projects then Departure

Complete your projects this morning and finish at the wildlife rehabilitation centre at lunchtime. Farewell our host, then make your way into Brisbane. Pause and reflect on your experiences this week during our Infused Ties ceremony before heading to the airport or being dropped back at school.