Nov 21, 2014

Work begins and the heat stress event

Many thanks to everyone who has donated to the campaign so far. We've had a great start to the donations.

The good news is that work has commenced on building the new creche cage. The site has been prepared, plumbing is in, and the floor almost complete.

The bad news is that there is more need than ever. Many of you may know about the heat stress event in Casino, North of Sydney, where an estimated 5000 flying foxes died. The numbers of orphaned babies has been too great for the Casino carers to cope with by themselves and many have been moved to Sydney. Sydney Wildlife volunteers Tiere and Sarah Thorpe were interviewed on the ABC 7:30 program last night, describing theire experiences picking up orphans from Casino. There's a link included to their interview, and to some international coverage of the heat stress event.

Please share these stories with friends or colleagues who may be interested. It's vital that we raise awareness of the role that flying foxes play in the ecosystem, and their vulnerable status, especially as climate change begins to bite.

Sadly, its unlikely this will be the last heat stress event this year. Temperatures for Sydney are forcast to reach 39 degrees (102F) tomorrow and  summer has just begun.

Thank you so much for your help. Along with our hard working volunteers, donations are what make our rescue efforts possible, and they are needed more than ever.


Oct 13, 2014

Out with the healthy and in with the sick

Release of Swamp Wallabies
Release of Swamp Wallabies

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.  

Quagmire arrived in care 20.9.13
Quagmire arrived in care 20.9.13
Lady Ashley having 4 hourly feeds
Lady Ashley having 4 hourly feeds
Lady Ashley's burnt feed after treatment
Lady Ashley's burnt feed after treatment
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
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