We were recently lucky enough to be visited by Alex and Amanda from Global Giving in the USA at our rehabilitation facility at Waratah Park.
During their visit, we were able to get a better understanding of how Sydney Wildlife can benefit from the partnership we have with Global Giving and the many services and tools available for us to use. They provided great feedback on how other organisations have benefited from their alliance with Global Giving which has given us a few new ideas that we are presently looking into. We are also pleased to report that our project is performing extremely well with a very high rating of interaction both via the Global Giving website and also via our regular project reports.
Whilst we were able to learn a lot from Amanda and Alex, we were also able to teach them about Australia's native wildlife.
They were brave enough to visit our rehabiliation facility during a corporate working bee on a cold and wet Friday morning. They were given a tour of our facilities and were able to get up close and personal with some of our education animals breaking down the barrier between reptile and human.
We would like to thank Alex and Amanda for their continued help and advice.
Stay tuned for our next report and prepare to be amazed as work continues on our facilities
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.
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