Global Professional Services giant, EY (formerly Ernst & Young) sent a team of professionals to the wilds of “Waratah Park” to get their hands/faces/reputations dirty in a bid to help our beautiful Australian native wildlife.40+ members of staff ditched their business suits, cappuccinos and lap-tops for tick-spray, gardening gloves and sensible foot-wear to weed, build enclosures and mend fences.
After lunch, the volunteers were treated to a Wildlife Presentation by members of Sydney Wildlife. Many educational animals such as blue-tongue lizards, bearded dragons, carpet pythons and other snakes helped break down barriers with the volunteers.
All in all, a very successful and enjoyable day! One enthusiastic worker was overheard saying: “I’m definitely coming back here again to help. And I’m bringing the whole family! It’s so nice to be able to make a measurable contribution.”
Unfortunately our volunteers have not been able to complete our quarrantine room yet, sadly due to high demand of sick and injured wallabies requiring this space for treatment.
We presently have an adult male wallaby with one side of his face very swollen. As he is located in the quarrantine area, it is possible to catch him daily and give him antibiotic injections to reduce the swelling. At this point he is making good progress with the swelling subsiding.
Dell (the Eastern Grey Kangaroo from the naming competition) is also old enough now to start her rehabilitation in the grassed enclosure learning to be less dependant on human interaction.
On my daily visit to feed and treat the above macropods I was shocked to find that a large gum tree had fallen onto the macropod fence narrowly missing the quarrantine room and macropods in the yard. The tree had taken down the fence making it possible for the animals to escape, luckily they didn't. We called on the State Emergency Sevices to quickly remove the tree and allow us to rebuild the fence, thanks to this other voluntary organisation it was done that day.
We would like to thank you all for your wonderful support duing 2013 and wish you and your Family all the best for the festive season.
Rescue of a hit and run victim
Late one night a swamp wallaby was bounding through the bush alongside a busy main road. Wishng to cross to the other side, he jumped onto the road and collided with the side of a car. Sadly, the driver of that car did not stop. Thankfully, however, a kind man by the name of Matt saw the poor animal get hit and stopped immediately. He picked up the adult wallaby, wrapped it in a drop-sheet and drove all the way to a 24 hour animal hospital to get veterinary attention for the animal.
The wallaby was x-rayed and had a full examination. He was found to have head trauma, nystagmus (vision impairment – possibly as a result of the head trauma) and was poorly ambulatory. He was treated with the necessary medication and allowed to rest.
The next morning he was very quiet but did respond slowly to noise. He still had minimal response to light, indicating possible blindness.
The vets wanted the wallaby to have a few days’ rest to ascertain whether or not the blindness was a temporary symptom of the concussion. A volunteer carer from Sydney Wildlife collected him that night and transferred him to their Macropod Rehabilitation Facility at Waratah Park. The wallaby was set up in the quarantine room. The poor thing just sat in the corner of the room with his head bowed.
The next morning, however, he seemed able to hop around, unsteadily, and his sight appeared to be slowly returning. Over the next few days, he began to hop around in the outside enclosure without bumping into obstacles.
Within one week he was back to being a normal wild swamp wallaby - thumping his feet on the ground as a warning if your approach was too close before taking off at great speed around the enclosure.
It was decided that he could now be released back into the wild and hopefully would go on to live a long and carefree life.
Thanks to all your support on GlobalGiving we have been able to successfully house, even in an unfinished enclosure, an injured wallaby. As you will see from the pictures, the quarantine room is nearing completion and once complete, will be a valuable resource we can use coming in to our busy period of the year.
We have also purchased two microchip readers and chips so when animals are released we can monitor them once released.
On the Northern Beaches in Sydney we are very lucky to have these magnificent creatures at our doorstep. If you are driving in the area, please drive carefully. If you do accidentally hit an animal on the road, please stop and check if it requires help. If the animal is a marsupial (an animal with a pouch) and is dead, it’s really important to check the pouch for live young. If you cannot take the animal to a vet please ring Sydney Wildlife on 9413 4300.
Thank you so much for donating and entering in our Kangaroo naming Competition.
We have chosen the name Dell for our little girl, who is now starting to hop around for short periods before going back into her pouch. She weighs 2105gms, double the weight she was when she came into Sydney Wildlife's care.
We will give you an update on Dell's progress in our next project report.
The rehabilitation area has progressed well with the fence now being completed and shade cloth attached, and shelters built for the macropods (Wallabies and Kangaroos) to escape the elements. We need to attach shade cloth as a visual barrier, otherwise macropods when frightened could try to hop straight through the fence to the bush on the other side of that fence and possibly hurt themselves in the process.
Please look at the pictures with this report as they will show the work we have been doing on our rehabilitation facility.
Thank you once again for allowing us to look after Sydney's orphaned Wallabies and Kangaroos properly by donating, this allows us to build the rehabilitation facility.