Rehabilitate Wallabies and Kangaroos in Sydney

Jul 22, 2014

Message From Rosie


Message from Rosie the Joey

A while ago you met my Mum  

She died before help arrived

A passer-by found her

And spent a moment by her side.


Just as the stranger

Turned to walk away

They thought they saw a movement

and decided they would stay.


They looked a little closer

To see what they could see

And found that little movement

Was living, breathing me.


They got in quite a flummox

and didn’t know just what to do

How could they help me

Should they take me to the zoo?


They rang their local vet

Who said, “All you need to know:

Is for help with native animals

Call Sydney Wildlife 9413 4300”.


There are wildlife rescue groups

Right across the land

Who are there to assist at times like this

And to lend a helping hand.


A wildlife carer quickly arrived

And took Mum and me away

They are taking special care of me

I’m growing stronger every day.


So the morale of this story

Is that should you ever find

A dead possum or a kangaroo

Or marsupial of any kind


Just stop a moment, check the pouch

To see what you might see

You just might find a little joey

Like living, breathing me.

 ©Sydney Wildlife 2014


Great News….. we have been able to release Dell into a wildlife sanctuary now she is 18 months of age. As we did not know exactly where she came from, we were not able to take her back to release where she was born. She now has her own mob of kangaroos to live with and help her learn all she needs to know about being a kangaroo.


Back in the rehabilitation facility, we have planted more native plants that will provide extra food for the macropods living in the facility and teach them how to graze. We have also had plumping laid so we can have a tap within the facility to make it easier to clean, water the plants and also refill the drinking troughs.


Presently we have 3 macropods living in the rehabilitation facility. It is great seeing them grow and thrive in this facility that wouldn’t have been possible without your generous support.

Cloudy and Dell
Cloudy and Dell
More of our wonderful Volunteers
More of our wonderful Volunteers
Jun 1, 2014


Cloudy and friend Quagmire enjoying rehabilitation
Cloudy and friend Quagmire enjoying rehabilitation

Cloudy the Eastern Grey Kangaroo, who was found malnourished to the point that he couldn’t stand, is now in the rehabilitation area your donations have helped us build.

Cloudy has now joined 3 other Macropods (kangaroos and Wallabies) keeping him company in the rehabilitation area. He has a long way to go but is slowly improving in his health and mental state.

Our Global Giving donors should be very proud of themselves, as through your donations we have been able to rehabilitate 7 Macropods since starting the project.


Unfortunately we had another Eucalyptus tree fall, severely damaging one of the fences. Luckily our corporate volunteers have worked very hard and replaced the fence so our beautiful Macropods could not escape or hurt themselves. Trees are an essential part of the landscape providing shade, shelter and food for our precious native animals in the area.

Word is out about Sydney Wildlife's fantastic work at Waratah Park. We are pleased to advise that other companies, such as Bunnings Warehouse, have volunteered time and equipment, with their current project being to paint part of the facility we use to prepare the animals food.

 We are very proud of what we have achievd so far, let us know your thoughts on our projects wall.

Our wonderful Volunteers
Our wonderful Volunteers
Fixing the fence
Fixing the fence
Dell, Jack, Quagmire and Cloudy.
Dell, Jack, Quagmire and Cloudy.
Mar 3, 2014

Please Don't Let Me Starve!

Cloudy thin and lethargic
Cloudy thin and lethargic

This little kangaroo's name is Cloudy, he was found in one of Sydneys Northern suburbs starving, so weak that he couldn’t stand up.

Thanks to your donations and the Volunteer carers hard work Cloudy is now recovering well and in a few months will be able to move into the rehabilitation facility.

To help an animal like Cloudy to survive it takes a lot of care. As he'd had no food for a long period of time and needed fluid injections to hydrate him we needed to feed him small amounts often and the formula needed to be diluted as his stomach would not cope with full strength.

He was kept quiet and needed heat for shock initially even though it was very warm in Sydney when Cloudy came into care.

Once the formula started to work and he put on some weight the formula strength was increased and the feeding frequency decreased.

Now a couple of months later we have an active and much healthier joey that can not only stand but hop around.

We have continued to work on the rehabilitation area with volunteers lifting heavy rubber to finish the walls in the Quarantine area, (which I might add looks great). It is so good to now have a facility to enable us to take in injured adult Macropods where they wont further hurt them selves on hard surfaces while they are being treated.


Maintenance of the area is continuous by our corporate volunteers with planting, weeding and watering of native bushes that provide food for the Macropods, also regularly mowing of the surrounding areas.

We feel blessed to have so many wonderful volunteers helping us achieve our goal.

Watering the Plants
Watering the Plants
Cleaning up around the plants
Cleaning up around the plants
Having a well earned break
Having a well earned break
Dell is growing big and strong.
Dell is growing big and strong.
Dec 4, 2013

Swapping Business Suits For Gardening Gloves

EY Volunteers
EY Volunteers

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.

Adult Swamp Wallaby with swollen face
Adult Swamp Wallaby with swollen face
Dell enjoying the rehabilitation area.
Dell enjoying the rehabilitation area.
The tree
The tree
State Emergency Services after tree removal.
State Emergency Services after tree removal.
Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas
Oct 24, 2013

Rescue of a Hit and run Victim

Swamp Wallaby Hit and Run Victim in Rehabilitation
Swamp Wallaby Hit and Run Victim in Rehabilitation

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. 

Release of Swamp Wallaby
Release of Swamp Wallaby
Volunteers building the Quarantine room.
Volunteers building the Quarantine room.
Dell almost ready to go into the rehab facility
Dell almost ready to go into the rehab facility

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Project Leader

Joan Reid

Lindfield, NSW Australia

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