Following the announcement of support from UD Trucks, the Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital has secured a new permanent home in the heart of Northern Rivers NSW.
The new location will also be the departure point for deployment of “Matilda” Australia’s largest, fully equipped and self-sufficient Mobile Wildlife Hospital trailer which is supported by UD Trucks, to respond to injured, traumatized or stranded animals in a crisis anywhere in Australia. The Mobile Wildlife Hospital is hauled by a UD Quon 6×4 supplied by UD Trucks.
The Hospital’s move to the 2.7-hectare site at Knockrow in Northern New South Wales ticks lots of sustainability boxes with 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 site formerly known as the Macadamia Castle, an animal park with hospitality and retail facilities also has a solar energy system and electric vehicle charging station which will provide immediate clean, renewable energy sources to power their operations.
“Better Life, is a core value of UD Trucks, it is certainly humbling and inspiring to see examples such as this one truly bringing this core value to life here in Australia,”,” said Lauren Downs, vice president, UD Trucks 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.” Downs concluded.
BBWH’s campaign to raise the funds to build Australia’s largest Wildlife Hospital gained international recognition in the wake of 2019/20 Australian bushfires. These fires had a significant human toll but also had the added tragedy of the loss of 3 billion native animals.