Even though Dr. Ralph makes a huge difference in the lives of his patients, he wants there to be a heightened awareness all over the world about wildlife. "The threats to wildlife are many. Habitat destruction is a continuing and worldwide problem," Dr. Ralph said. "As human development expands, wild habitat is progressively destroyed and also impacted by humans ... These include bushfires, many of which are started by people and regular wildlife massacres. Floods, cyclones, whale strandings, droughts and temperature change also have a significant impact."
Schools can also arrange for wildlife rehabilitators and veterinarians to give educational talks about what they do, to get kids interested in the natural world and the individuals who live there. "Promoting awareness of wildlife is essential and should begin early in life," Dr. Ralph said.