In April, Sydney was rocked by the worst storms we have had in a decade with cyclonic winds and rain which wreaked havoc on Waratah Park and our rehabilitation enclosures. We had multiple trees come down, fence poles snapped, shelters blown over and flooding. Within a week of the storms passing and damage being done, we held a working bee at the park to get everything back up and running again.
With the help of our wonderful corporate volunteers, in one day, we were able to mend the damage done by the storms. This included:
Thanks to all the wonderful help from the volunteers, the park is now sturdier than before the storms hit.
We are working to quickly build some additional facilities so we can rehabilitate other species and give them the best chance in the wild once released like we have been able to do for the macropods.
It's your help and donations that enable us to be able to build and maintain these facilities and for that we are extremely grateful.
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.
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.
Out with the healthy......
After 18 months of intensive hand raising and rehabilitation, we are happy to announce that Quagmire and Jack have be released back into their native bushland.
To enable us to catch the wallabies now they are ready to be released, we needed to build a catchment area in one corner of the rehabilitation enclosure. This allowed us to corral, catch, perform health check and bag them for transportation to the release site
Prior to release, they were microchipped to enable us to learn more about their survival after release. Sydney Wildlife notifies local vets of the microchiped animals released and asks them to check all sick and deceased macropods that come into their clinics. If they find a microchipped animal, they provide the details to Sydney Wildlife and we record this activity against their records. This allows us to get information on where they have gone and their survivial rate once released back into the wild.
In with the sick......
We now have a new baby swamp wallaby in care as a result of some local bush fires. Lady Ashley was found by the Fire Brigade with burns to her feet and tail from standing on the smouldering ground. The Fire Brigade contacted Sydney Wildllife immediately and she was collected by one of our voluteer carers and taken straight to the local vet for treatment. She will now remain in care until she is ready for release.
Lady Ashley is recovering well at present and is requiring 4 hourly feeds and treatment to her wounds.
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