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 

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
Oct 16, 2015

Gliding Home

Sugar Glider
Sugar Glider

Now that we have expanded our facility to include all native wildlife, we have been very busy with quite a few different species being rehabilitated.


We were lucky enough to be able to assist in the final rehabilitation stage for three elusive Sugar Gliders. Prior to coming to our facility, they had been handraised by one of our wonderful Sydney Wildlife volunteer carers. Two of them came into care after their home was destroyed and one had been caught by a cat.


When they were approaching time for their release they were bought to our facility for rehabilitation where they stayed for a couple of months building up their muscle strength and foraging skills. As they are mostly active at night, we were able to watch them on the infrared motion activated wildlife cameras we purchased from your donations, this showed us how quick they were moving around the facility and successfully finding their food.


Once it was determined they were ready to be released they were caught, weighed and then transported to the other side of Sydney for release back where they originated. The nesting box they used whilst in rehabilitation was secured in a suitable tree and they were put back into it giving them a familiar base to release from.


The release site was on a property where people could visually keep an eye on the movements of the sugar gliders. After release, they were seen returning to their box on and off before eventually disappearing to start their new life.


It is your donations that have made housing, feeding and releasing these beautiful animals possible, we thank you.

Carer releasing into rehabilitation aviary
Carer releasing into rehabilitation aviary
Sugar Gliders finding their way around enclosure
Sugar Gliders finding their way around enclosure
Sugar Gliders in their nesting box
Sugar Gliders in their nesting box
Baby Sugar Gliders
Baby Sugar Gliders
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