Darwin Animal Doctors


Archive: Jul 2020

  1. UN Sustainable Development Goals

    As some of you may recall, back in February, Tod and Piggy attended the UN, as DAD became members of the UN Stakeholder Group for Education and Academia at the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

    The details of a political forum  can all be found here (https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf), and makes for some very interesting reading, but their goals can be summed up in:

    “The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, [which] provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.” (https://sdgs.un.org/)

    These 17 goals cover everything from poverty, hunger, health and well-being, gender equality, water and sanitation, clean energy, work and economic growth, industry and innovation, addressing inequality, life on earth, climate change, peace and justice, and of course, education.

    Just recently, our very own Dr Tara Clarke was involved with a project looking at the care, conservation and protection of animals (http://animalissuesun.org/). In her interview, Tara talks about animal smuggling and our work with the local communities around the world to preserve natural habitats.

    Please take some time to follow the link below for an interactive look into animal conservation, the realities of poaching and extinction, and to hear the interview with Tara, and others working on animal well-being and conservation.


    We are incredibly proud of our position as a full constituent member of the UN Stakeholder Group for Education and Academia, and we hope to be able to continue to do all that we can, through our own organisation and collaborations like this, to help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals!

    -Tod and the Team, Darwin Animal Doctors

    In loving memory of our hero, Piggy:


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  2. Expansions in Sumatra

    Back in early May, we were honoured to help our partners at ISCP in donating a primate habitation enclosure to the North Sumatra BKSDA Animal Rescue Centre TWA Sibolangit to be used for the rehabilitation of confiscated primates before they are released back to their natural habitat. This will enable ISCP to further support the rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife in Sumatra.

    Having had the request for construction approved by the International Fund For Animal Welfare (IFAW), work began on construction, despite the pandemic, with workers following social distancing guidelines and wearing masks.

    Building works have progressed rapidly over the last 2 months with good weather allowing the structure to be built quickly and environment enrichments being added just last week.

    This very week there will be a symbolic handover of the completed enclosure, where the head of the North Sumatra BKSDA and the Vice Minister of Forestry and Environment of the Republic of Indonesia will be in attendance, and shortly after that, we hope to have gibbons transferring into the enclosure. So keep watching for exciting new rescues and adorable gibbons!!

    A fantastic job by our friends and partners in North Sumatra. We can’t wait to see what this brings.



    -Tod and the Team, Darwin Animal Doctors

    Cute Piggy image of the week:

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  3. A Tribute to Piggy

    As you have all, no doubt now heard, our hero and best friend to all; the wonderful Piggy, succumbed to cancer at the end of May. 

    We promise to make sure that Piggy’s spirit, indelible ability to inspire and bring a smile on everyone’s face will live on.

    This is just a small tribute to him…











    All the team at Darwin Animal Doctors send our love, support and sympathies to Tod, Piggy’s family and friends, and all those who continue to love Piggy. We’re sure you’ll join us in this, and in keeping Piggy’s amazing work going.



    -Tod and the Team, Darwin Animal Doctors