Who We Are

Byron Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

The Byron Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is owned and operated by Wildlife Recovery Australia (WRA).  WRA is a joint venture between Odonata Foundation and Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital.

Our team works alongside our partners to increase awareness and preservation of threatened and endangered species, with the primary objective to rescue, rehabilitate and release.

Wildlife Recovery Australia (WRA)

Wildlife Recovery Australia runs mobile wildlife hospitals and builds predator-proof sanctuaries.

Their team of veterinarians threatened species specialists and environmental entrepreneurs work together to rescue injured animals and revitalise threatened species populations.

WRA is a joint venture between two not-for-profits: Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital Ltd and the Odonata Foundation, who aim to provide emergency support for wildlife caught in life-threatening situations, while simultaneously diversifying and increasing threatened species populations by creating sanctuary networks on farms and private land across Australia.

Odonata Foundation

Odonata specialises in the business of biodiversity. By encouraging businesses to put nature at the heart of what they do, Odonata are creating a more sustainable planet, where humans and the environment thrive together.

Their work focuses on unlocking the value of nature by designing and supporting financially sustainable, biodiversity-enhancing projects and businesses. A lighthouse project is SEASON (South East Australia Sanctuary Operations Network) which is Odonata’s strategy to create a network of 30 threatened species sanctuaries on farms and private land across South East Australia.

Uniquely, these sanctuaries will be fully integrated into working farms, lowering the cost of setup, providing a sustainable financial model for management, creating the geographic and genetic diversity necessary for species resilience, and spreading the risk of bushfire impact.

Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital

Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital is not-for-profit company whose mission is to conserve, protect and ensure positive welfare outcomes for Australian wildlife through treatment, rehabilitation, research and education.

Founded by Dr. Stephen Van Mil, BBWH is governed by a Board of Australia’s leading veterinarians and wildlife experts, including WRA Founding Director Dr. Evan Kosack.

Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital’s Foundation Veterinarian is Dr. Bree Talbot. She joined Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital from the University of Sydney’s Avian Reptile And Exotic Pet Hospital where she specialised in the medical care of exotic pets and wildlife including koalas, wombats, reptiles and many different bird species. She has a keen interest in wildlife medicine and is a Member and Examiner of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Unusual pet medicine and surgery.