22 April 2014
The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital and Wildlife Rescue Unit are set to receive a significant boost with the announcement of a partnership between Australia Zoo and Queensland's peak motoring organisation, RACQ.
Australia Zoo owner Terri Irwin announced an exciting five-year joint venture with RACQ's Chief Executive Officer Operations Glenn Toms, marking an exciting step forward for conservation projects funded by Australia Zoo's Wildlife Warriors charity.
RACQ celebrated the beginning of the partnership by donating two vehicles to the Australia Zoo Rescue Unit and Wildlife Hospital to transport sick and injured wildlife safely and comfortably. RACQ will keep these vehicles on the road, supplying registration, insurance, fuel and driver training during the five-year agreement.
As part of the ongoing relationship, RACQ will sponsor the annual Steve Irwin Gala Dinner event in November, as well as a Wildlife Warrior Weekend event at Australia Zoo later in the year. Additionally, a portion of ticket sales generated through RACQ over the next five years will go directly to Wildlife Warriors.
Terri said Australia Zoo was thrilled to welcome RACQ as a supporting partner. "This is an exciting time for Australia Zoo and Wildlife Warriors. We're proud to welcome RACQ, such an institutional and revered Queensland organisation, on board to support us with our crucial conservation projects," said Terri.
"For a wildlife rescue emergency, it is imperative our experts can get to the animal quickly and efficiently. These new vehicles provide exceptional quality transport and facilities to aid our staff in giving injured wildlife the best chance of survival possible."
"We have a great long-standing relationship with RACQ, which we're looking forward to developing further in the coming years through a variety of fantastic activities and initiatives."
RACQ Chief Executive Officer Operations Glenn Toms said the club was delighted that the two iconic Queensland organisations had formed a partnership.
"The work Australia Zoo does to preserve native wildlife in Queensland is phenomenal and the RACQ is excited to play a role in rehabilitating injured animals back into the wild," Mr Toms said.
"The vehicles have been fitted with state-of-the-art medical equipment and will act as roadside ambulances for injured animals.
"The RACQ prides itself in rescuing motorists by the roadside and it's exciting to know we will also be assisting to save our precious wildlife."
Last week's announcement marks the beginning of a major partnership between Australia Zoo and RACQ with many more exciting activities to be announced soon.
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