The Wildlife

IMG_3915 (300x300)At Eagles Nest we rescue upward of 800 native animals per year, sometimes over 1000…We receive in any number of species a month, all sorts of Raptors, Macropods, Mammals, Reptiles and a range of other Marsupials.

In Australia we have some of the most unique and fascinating wildlife, and here in Far North Queensland, particularly here in the Wet Tropics, we are lucky enough to be blessed with a massive range of wildlife found nowhere else…Unfortunately however with the ongoing and increasing threat from humans, much of our native species and pristine habitats are under threat.

Threats to our native wildlife include…But sadly isn’t limited to…:
Habitat Loss,
Habitat Fragmentation,
Urban Development,
Domestic and Feral cats and dogs,
Shooting, Baiting/Poisoning, Electrocution, Sport…The list is endless…And it is all human caused.

Eagles Nest Wildlife Hospital is dedicated to preserving and protecting our native animals and the environment as a whole…At the hospital, the whole property has been fully planted to provide food and shelter to many native, wild birds, possums, gliders and a number of wild macropods have taken residence at the hospital because they know it is a safe environment.

With all wildlife we rescue, our goal is always to rehabilitate and release, but in some cases this cannot be acheived…At Eagles Nest we give sanctuary to over 20 raptors and a number of dumped pet dingos, parrots and humanised, unreleaseable wildlife from other carers and untrained members of the public!  Eagles Nest is a busy place…As well as currently having over 100 rehabilitating animals and birds in care, it is never boring!

When visiting the sanctuary you have the chance to get up close (but not too close mind!) with a variety of unreleaseable native wildlife.  We give sanctuary to dumped pet Dingos, Parrots and other birds and the unreleaseable owls and eagles are always very photogenic…To avoid humanisation, releasable wildlife is not to be approached or handled…

Please Note: If you intend to visit, please remember that these are all still wild animals, many are sick or injured, and you must respect that you will not be allowed to touch the animals or enter the enclosures/aviaries, noise should be kept to a minimum and children supervised at all times.



  1. I read the articles about you trying to find a successor. I wish my family and I lived in Australia instead of the USA. As someone who has rescued wild animals as a child and has love for all things wild it would be a dream come true. Good luck to you in searching for the right person/family.

  2. Hi Harry, have heard of your plight and my family could be very interested in your cause. I currently work in the shop/ entry to the Darling Downs Zoo and one of my daughters is one of the zookeepers there as well as head reptile keeper. We are interested in hearing more of your venture and think maybe we could be interested in taking it on. We both have experience in nursing orphaned wildlife through our positions at the zoo. My husband is retired and we are both avid fans of all native birds and fauna. Hoping to hear from you, Linda Smith.

    1. I represent Harry Kunz and Eagles Nest Wildlife Hospital.
      Though our applications have formally closed, we’re interested to hear more about you.
      Can you please email me at and tell me a little more about yourself and I will guide you through the application process? Please include some photos of yourself and any others applying with you.
      Alana Harbison

  3. Hi Harry,

    Interested to finding out more about Eagle’s Nest.
    Do you rely on getting donations to feed and keep hospital running.
    Would love more information Harry.
    I live in Perth but would move if it’s the right fit for you and myself!
    Take care I know you work really hard.
    I love animals and need a worthwile cause to get passionate about.
    Kind regards
    Kelly Garland

  4. looks like there will be a few contenders Harry i do hope you get the right people for the job. i hope their is a clause in there somewhere about not selling the land and keeping it as a animal hospital would be good :-). go with your gut feeling id say, sometimes people with qualifications are not always the right one for the job.Good Luck with it all

  5. Hello Harry,
    My daughter Jaz and myself share a deep love for animals. So much so that she is getting a B.A. in zoology and I have had a pet rescue in the USA.

    We have always dreamed of caring for animals and we love and nuture them as long as they need it.

    We are in Malanda right now but we would love to meet with you and your beautiful babies.
    Hope to hear from you soon,
    Kindest Regards,
    Bobbie Harlow.
    Is my contact for my mobile number.


  6. Hi there Harry,
    Im a 34 year old female with a partner an 7 year old girl, i reside in Vic with my lorrikeet, galah, dog, dementia cat, Centralian python barney, chooks, two shetland ponys an a few budgies, fish in the pond! Ive been helping injured orphan birds for a fair few years now,
    Animals of all kinds are my passion in life an prefer there company than the humans somtimes! Lol! The loss an destruction that is caused by us will only get worse an i can understand why this is the bigest decision of ur life to ensure ur legacy lives on at your sanctuary. Ive done some time at the Australian zoo, which lead to a love of the scaley kind. My mothers side of the family are Athertons and ive only traveled thru there once, but would love to go back such magic countryside. I belive i could help you maintain an care for every aspect of your sanctuary.
    People come to me time to time for help an info on animal care. Im a hard worker and up when the sun rises, i enjoy pottering in my veggie patch, and cooking what comes out of it! The life you have is one i would love to live.
    Thanks for your time, good luck on your search! Regards Shan

    1. I represent Harry Kunz and Eagles Nest Wildlife Hospital.
      Though our applications have formally closed, we’re interested to hear more about you.
      Can you please email me at and tell me a little more about yourself and I will guide you through the application process? Please include some photos of yourself and any others applying with you.
      Alana Harbison

  7. Hope you find great people, animals love
    Life too, We bought a few acres and still
    Planting Eucalyptus trees today just to create
    a forest for the birds, now have 40 species.

    I’m aware of the time and energy required
    and we need legends like you.
    Thank you

  8. Please contact Michael Woods regarding your
    Offer. Michael has worked in the Broome Zoo for over
    5 years and is very interested in running a wild life park
    If you send a tx with a contact number he will give you a call
    Michael Woods 0415363687

  9. Hi harry my name Susi l was.wondering if there.were any vacancies at ur wild life rescue park look forward to ur reply regards Susi

  10. What a wonderful life you have led. Ive always had animals and birds come to me and I’ve set up my home as a bird sanctuary. People bring me ill animals and I look after them. I currently have an injured crow in a large cage we constructed in the back yard, he can’t fend for himself yet. Im known as the bird lady but have two possums, a trained cat on a lead who won’t hurt birds and they allow her to walk amongst them, separating for her and closing back in once she’s passed. I love birds and animals and just seem to know what they need, but I am an amateur so not qualified for your purpose. I So understand your drive to help them and your wish to pass on your legacy… best of luck, we need more people like you, too many humans don’t even notice birds and animals and if they do they find them a nuisance. I look after them as all local vets kill native animals rather than pay for the treatments. They won’t let me pay, say it’s not allowed…. Even if it’s a fresh injury and straight there, they say it’s a disease and they have to euthanise, so I gave up and nurse them back to health myself…. at least they have a chance with me…

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