But what do they do, and why is it so important?
RRQi was established in May 2016. RRQI was developed from the realisation that there are no voices advocating for wild reptiles and amphibians. RRQI endeavours to fill this niche. There were no dedicated rescue/rehabilitation groups that dealt solely with reptile welfare. So the organisation was formed. They recognise the value of reptiles within our Queensland environment.
The aim is to provide timely rescue for sick or injured reptiles by skilled handlers, to provide top class, specialist in-house care to rehabilitating animals and to return them to where they belong: the wild. Just as importantly, another RRQI focus is to provide education to others about the value of reptiles as a sustainable natural resource into the future
Reptiles thrive in Queensland’s tropical climate. There are over 440 named species residing in our landscape. At least one-third of these are endemic. That means that this is the only place that they can be found.
There are many pressures of urban expansion. And many reptile species that previously flourished now struggle. Their numbers are declining quite rapidly within a constantly changing environment and climate.
The three top causes of injury to reptiles are all a direct result of human activity, they are:
- dog attacks
- cat attacks
- road trauma.
RRQi believes that we owe these amazing reptiles an opportunity to have a second chance.
Reptile Rehabilitation Qld inc. operates within the Southeast Queensland area. They work closely with dedicated Wildlife Hospitals. These include:
- Currumbin Wildlife Hospital
- Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital
- RSPCA Queensland.
Additionally, they have great relationships and work with local vets and the general public to assist any wild reptile in need.
RRQi provides specialist training free to members. If you aren’t a member but would like to attend a training session, you can. There is a small fee to the public. Their workshops are filled with practical and up to date advice on everything our members need. They look at both the rescue and rehabilitation of injured reptiles and amphibians. Their focus is very much on best practice to keep members and the public safe while completing their tasks.
There are wildlife rescue and welfare groups with a broader focus than RRQi. They will offer help to wild reptiles in need of care but RRQi differs significantly. Their aim is that the care offered to the reptile is their primary concern. Their volunteer carers are experienced, reptile keepers. They are enthusiasts who have a passion for all aspects of reptile welfare. RRQi specialise in the care of amphibians and venomous snakes too.
Their primary aims are:
- Provide a rescue service 7 days a week, 24 hours a day for all wild reptiles and amphibians.
- Provide high-standard in-house rehabilitation care to reptiles and amphibians. They will stay with them recovering from injury or illness.
- Facilitate the release of rehabilitated injured or sick reptiles and amphibians back into their natural environment.
- Provide education to members and the public about all reptile and amphibian-related issues and topics.
If you would like to get involved please contact RRQi directly on 1300 878 903 or visit their Facebook page for further information. https://www.facebook.com/ReptileRehabQld