The word is now out about the great rehabilitation facility we have built with the help of your kind donations. We are now taking in more wallabies and kangaroos (macropods) from vets and members of the public from further afield as they have heard how successful our rehabilitation area has been.
We have received numerous requests to build rehabilitation facilities for other species. As a result, we will be expanding the scope of this project to include rehabilitation facilities for other native wildlife. Sydney Wildlife prides itself on giving the animals that come into our care the best chance of survival once re-released back into their natural habitat. By having purpose built rehabilitation facilities for all species in our care, they would all be able to benefit from increased fitness and the ability to socialize with other members of their species which makes the transition back into the wild more successful.
We hope that you will continue to support Sydney Wildlife in our effort to povide great facilities for all of our native wildlife.
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Since our last report, we have had 7 rescued macropods come through the facility. While looking after this many animals in the facility can be expensive with ongoing food and vet bills, it is a joy to know that because of your help and donations we have been able to give them the best of care and release them back to the wild in peak fitness, when healthy and/or old enough.
Here is a story on how two of these macropods came to be in our care:
Snives (Rescued from St Ives) - Adult Swamp Wallaby - was found stuck behind a shed in the backyard of a member of the public with grazes and bruises on its legs from trying to break free. After being picked up from the vets and being given treatment for her injuries, she has now fully recovered and is due for release.
Valentine (Rescued on Valentines Day) - Juvenile Eastern Grey Kangaroo - was seen daily over the course of a week visiting several backyards without a mother around. Sydney Wildlife and vets were called in to capture Valentine. As Valentine was wild and frightened, she was darted to sedate her and enable the Sydney Wildlife volunteer to capture her and transport her to our facility with minimal amount of stress or danger to herself. She has now put on weight but as she is still quite young and should still be with her mother, she will be in the facility for a while before we can safely release her back in to the wild.
Great news! The new cage is now finished, certified and in use!
It's been a lot of work, and we still need to finish paying for it, but the great thing is that our baby bats now have a new creche to learn to fly and a bit of bat ettiquette before heading off out into the world. The new cage is lovely and has some very important features. It is double lined, to protect the babies from both predators and over curious primates, it has an "airlock" so we can enter and leave without risking bats flying out, and it's "dressed" with lots of things to hang on, cloths to provide cover to be hide, lots of fresh folliage and of course dinner laid on each night.
As usual at this time of year, we've been doing a lot of cleaning, chopping and home delivery for our bats. The nightly chop is about 30kgs, which is a LOT.There's also a lot of cleaning. "What goes up", and all that... BTW did you know that bats (like most flying animals) have super fast metabolisms so they don't need to carry extra weight? The "food to floor" time is only about 20 minutes. They hang upside down/the right way up from their thumbs to poo? that way they don't get covered. But new carers feeding babies often do (the impulse to put the head on top is strong). All part of the learning process :-)
Anyway, fortunately we have quite a well organised schedule of people to clean, chop and hand out the buckets of fruit. The bats are as grateful and appreciative as teenagers, which is just as well, as they are being "dehumanised" in preparation for life in the wild. Hmmm..
This year we have 2 lots of youngsters: the local grey headed flying foxes and the black flying foxes that we took in from the north earlier in the season due to a heat stress event. The blacks will need to be released into their own colony, so they will have to be transfrered up north pretty soon.
In the next couple of reports we'll explain how the bats go from cage to the wild.
Thanks so much for being involved, and for all your support.
Buxton has been recovering in our rehabilitation facility for over a month since he came into care with a sore leg. His original vet check and xrays showed his leg wasn't factured and he had no internal injuries. He was prescribed pain releif and minimal movement to allow ligaments to rest and heal.
After a month of rest and still unable to use the leg normally, it was time for Buxton to have a checkup to re-assess his progress. Howard Ralph, a well known wildlife vet, came to our rehabiliation facility to further examine Buxton's leg to try and ascertain why Buxton's recovery had started to improve and then slowed.
On examination, the Vet found that Buxton had a dislocated hip. This would have resulted from his original accident that brought him into our care. The Vet is now assessing the best course of action for Buxton's injury.
Your donations through Global Giving have enabled us to continue to improve the rehabilitation facility and provide the best veterinary care for the Macropods that come into our care.
On behalf of Sydney Wildlife, all of our volunteers and the many native animals we have saved and released, we would like to wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year.