Sydney Wildlife

Our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and release Australian native animals, and to educate the community, at all levels, about the need to protect our native animals and to preserve their habitats.
Feb 16, 2016

The creatures of Kukundi!

Opportunistic possum
Opportunistic possum

Something a bit different this report.

We are all busy chopping and hanging and cleaning for our small charges, and you might think this could get a bit dull. The average cut each day is about 35 kgs at the moment- spread between the orphans in creche, adults in the flight cage and the release site next to Gordon colony.

So this report I'm going to talk about what happens during the chop, and what makes it fun. First of all its social. Most people have groups of friends that chop together regularly. Its like a coffee club, but much more work and better for you. And the other part that's fun is that not all our friends are human. Take a look at the photos and see who comes to visit (ok, some of it is cupboard love, but hey, it works for me). Water dragons, brush turkeys (all sizes), kookaburras, possums, bats...beautiful location..lots of excerise lugging stuff around (cheaper than the gym). What's not to like? I mean apart from the hours of menial labour, cleaning up poo etc.

If you live in Sydney, and love bats, why not give it a go?

cheeky but also beautiful (thanks to Lynne Yeaman)
cheeky but also beautiful (thanks to Lynne Yeaman)
here we are chopping..
here we are chopping..
here is the food for the creche
here is the food for the creche
someone is tempted
someone is tempted
dragons and turkeys both interested
dragons and turkeys both interested
and kookaburras too
and kookaburras too
Dec 15, 2015

Volunteers' Perspective

Volunteer enjoying their work day at the park.
Volunteer enjoying their work day at the park.

Instead of us doing all the talking, we decided to ask our fabulous volunteers to give us some feedback about their experience volunteering for the working bees at Waratah Park.  Here are some of their responses:

  1. Why did you choose Sydney Wildlife’s facility at Waratah Park to volunteer at?
  • I received an invite to attend and since I like being out in nature I thought it was worth trying it out.
  • I always love to do something related to Wildlife and Environment to keep this world a better place for our kids.   Keeping that in mind, I opt to volunteer at Waratah Park.
  • A strong passion for caring for the environment, including both bush care and native wildlife preservation

     2. How many times have you volunteered there?

  • 4 times  
  • 5 times 
  • Around 20   
  • 10+

     3.  Do you plan to continue volunteering there?

  • Absolutely! It is so nice to see the progress every time we are there, it really feels like we are making a difference.
  • Without doubt. There is much work to be done and being able to return each month and see the park in action, rehabilitating injured native animals in enclosures that we have built is very rewarding.

     4. What do you enjoy about volunteering at Waratah Park?

  • It’s out in nature and helping local animals that get very little/no funding makes it a worthy cause. To spend a day out of the office with Dell’s blessing makes work more enjoyable (even though the emails have piled up afterwards).
  • It makes me happy as I get chance to do some work that brings me close to nature, Also it’s an opportunity to meet different people and work with them.
  • The social interaction, teamwork, communicating with colleagues outside of the office environment.
  • The sense of camaraderie, of working towards a collective purpose

      5. Is there any other feedback you would like to give about the Sydney Wildlife facility at Waratah Park?

  • The event is very well organized and efficient. All the volunteers are helpful and friendly which makes the day so much fun. It’s also great for networking.
  • It’s a great facility and a brilliant location to rehabilitate native animals. I hope Sydney wildlife can continue to operate out of the park and continue to build new enclosures and maintain the facilities.
  • Thank you for the great work you do day in and day out – the world needs more people like the volunteers at Sydney Wildlife

We hope that all the people that volunteer their time to help us keep the facility maintained and functional continue to enjoy the experience like those above.

If your company is interested in volunteering at Waratah Park please contact us through www.sydneywildlife.org.au 

The time and energy you all put in is outstanding and we are truly greatful.  

Thank you.

Merry Christmas and thank you to our supporters.
Merry Christmas and thank you to our supporters.
Volunteers fitting out the Glider cage
Volunteers fitting out the Glider cage
Nov 17, 2015

Baby Bat Season again

Magda looking beautiful
Magda looking beautiful

It's baby bat season again.

85% of baby flying foxes are born in a 6 week period in spring. Their mothers carry them for the first 5 weeks, until they get too heavy, and if something happens to mum at this time, the babies often come into care.

A common problem is that the mother bat may rest on powerlines, and then, as the more than 1m wingspan unfurls, she may touch 2 lines and get electrocuted. When this happens the mother nearly always dies, but the baby (called a "pup") often survives. They can be surprisingly hardy, sometimes surviving for days after their mum has died.

This little one was recovered after such a long wait that the poor little girl had got maggots, which inspired her name: Magda.

Magda was lucky to be rescued by a dedicated volunteer is now doing very well. She's bottle fed 5 times a day on milk with extra additives, and will gradually be introduced to fruit and nectar. When she is about 12 weeks old, and just learning to fly, she will move into the beautiful creche cage, together with the other baby bats.

Fortunately this year we have not (touch wood) had any heat stress events like the one one from last year, so we hope the numbers of pups coming into care won't increase. Much though we love them, we would prefer them to be with their mums.

But for the unlucky ones who have lost their mums, we now have the best facilities possible to help them recover and rejoin their colony.

Thank you so much for helping bats like Magda have another chance at life.

Just a handful
Just a handful
 

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