Mobile wildlife hospital secures a new home ahead of bushfire season

The Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital – pulled by a 6×4 UD Quon – is ready to leap into action when crisis calls, from its new permanent home.

Situated in the biodiverse heart of Northern Rivers, NSW, the new 2.7-hectare location will be the departure point for deployment of Australia’s largest, fully equipped and self-sufficient mobile wildlife hospital trailer, which has been named Matilda.

Supported by UD Trucks Australia, the Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital is ready to respond to injured, traumatised or stranded animals in a crisis anywhere in Australia.

The new site at Knockrow features facilities and natural environments to treat, rehabilitate and care for wildlife patients on-site, as well as educational wildlife experiences and hospitality services for locals and visitors.

The hospital’s foundation veterinarian, Dr Bree Talbot.

Formerly known as the Macadamia Castle, the site features an animal park with hospitality and retail facilities, as well as a solar energy system and electric vehicle charging station which will provide immediate clean, renewable energy sources to power the hospital’s operations.

“Better Life is a core value of UD Trucks,” said Lauren Downs, vice president at UD Trucks Australia. “It is certainly humbling and inspiring to see examples such as this one truly bringing this core value to life here in Australia.

“I’m very pleased to see the Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital grow and expand and I’m delighted that UD Trucks has been able to play a small part in that expansion.

“The 6×4 Quon is one of the cleanest and safest trucks in its class, which makes it ideal for its task with the Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital.”

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