|Quoin Island Turtle Rehabilitation Centre is Gladstone’s first permanent marine turtle rehabilitation facility, being fully open and operational since March of 2012. Natural occurences and human interference are a major threat to the marine turtle population world wide, and recent extreme weather events in our region has exacerbated the precarious situation of our native turtles.|
With previously no dedicated rehabilitation facility within 500km of the Gladstone Harbour, Quoin Island Retreat owner and island resident Bob McCosker saw a greater service his newly established facility could provide. With many years experience as a volunteer wildlife carer, and the support of Australian Animals Care and Education Inc (AACE), Bob constructed and now runs Central Queensland's first facility.
Quoin Island Turtle Rehabilitation Centre consists of multiple containment tanks, a 9 metre swimming pool and a newly constructed treatment and dry dock room. QITRC is licenced to rehabilitate up to ten marine turtles at any one time. The majority of turtles received to the hospital have been green turtles, but the carers have also rehabilitated hawskbill turtles, flatback turtles and even a baby loggerhead!
Registered under the charity organisation AACE, QITRC is 100 per cent locally owned and operated, built by the motivation and initiative of locals with a concern for our marine wildlife. A large portion of centre duties are covered by a team of trained community volunteers.
The establishment of Quoin Island Turtle Rehabilitation Centre was supported by Bob personally, and since then, corporate sponsorship, fundraising, volunteer support and the annual QITRC Gala Benefit have all contributed to cover the extensive costs associated with running a facility of this kind. The daily costs of food, medication, cleaning supplies, power and water are considerable in themselves, coupled with transportation costs of volunteers and of animals, facility expansions and improvements, surgical procedures and veterinarian bills.
Have you spotted an ill or injured turtle?
Please phone 0408 431 304 immediately.