Who are the tireless workers in our region who spend hours looking for injured wildlife during the many bushfires. They are on the ground looking for our wildlife who may be injured and burnt. Some of them will have been without food, others are scared and hiding.
Our wildlife carers provide for the animal’s physical and psychological needs. They must have appropriate training, lots of time, suitable facilities and they are prepared to meet all the costs incurred, such as food, housing and some veterinary expenses.
Wildlife carers primary objective is to rehabilitate and release these animals back into their natural habitat and to raise community awareness concerning the care and conservation of native animals.
Wildlife carers who rehabilitate kangaroos are very special people - a rare breed in themselves. So many joeys find themselves orphaned when their mother is killed. Mothers are killed through culling, road accidents and getting caught in fences.
Kangaroos have a very specialised needs, are extremely stress-prone and can die from shock alone. Young joeys need to be fed every 4-5 hours around the clock meaning carers do not get uninterrupted sleep for many months.
Carers sterilise bottles, make formula, feed it, toilet them, wash the pouches they sleep in many times a day and also provide supervised playtime outside in a fully enclosed pen. They make splints for broken limbs and bandage burnt feet.
Vet bills are very expensive as is the milk formula. No government agency compensates carers for their expenses. Some carers struggle financially and can barely feed themselves after caring for the kangaroos.
It can take 18 months to get the joey to the point where he/she is ready to be released and costs approx $2,000 each.
Without our wildlife carers, there would be far few koalas, roos, birds, lizards, snakes, possums and a range of other native animals able to live another day in their natural habitat.
Training and networking is extremely important for our carers, but with most of their money being spent on milk, fences, aviaries and vet bills most of our carers cannot afford to go to these annual conventions.
The Australian Wildlife Rehabilitation conference gathers carers together to meet, learn and share their experiences. The conference gives wildlife carers the opportunity to learn from each other and from experts in the field including researchers, carers and veterinarians. Topics have ranged from the latest hands-on treatment for wounds to emergency response, fund-raising and lobbying.
The 2016 conference is in Melbourne. It is extremely important that our local carers attend, but as their resources are extremely limited, it makes it very difficult.
At HideAway Haven we would like to show our appreciation and support to our local carers by raising funds to help ease the financial burden. All money collected will be distributed evenly to Great Southern wildlife carers who are attending the conference.
We have set up a Go Fund Me page raise funds. Please make your donation here.