Dec 21, 2020

Reflecting on the last twelve months

Bandicoot joey in care with WIRES
Bandicoot joey in care with WIRES

When I reflect on the past twelve months it’s hard to believe what the world has endured - it has truly been a year like no other. Extreme weather events, bushfires and COVID-19 have provided the backdrop to major challenges for humanity and the environment across the globe. 

For Australia the devastating impact of ongoing drought and bushfires has left an indelible scar on our country and tragically our wildlife populations. 

However along with these challenges I have never witnessed such a groundswell of interest, care and support for our native animals. People just like you have united in the cause to halt the decline of threatened species, fight habitat destruction and value the role wildlife plays in our national identity. This unprecedented support clearly demonstrates people across Australia and around the world understand our native animals need saving – now. 

I hope this is just the beginning of a new chapter for Australia – one where our wildlife is valued by all levels of our community including those who are in the position of power.  

Thank you so much for being a part of this movement and standing up for Australian wildlife.

It’s unimaginable that an estimated three billion native animals have been killed or displaced by the Summer bushfires, and millions of hectares of land burnt. Unprecedented disasters of this scale require unprecedented collaboration to help wildlife recover which is why we have partnered with leading environmental groups, conservation organisations and universities, to implement programs designed to deliver the best long-term impact for wildlife. 

With the support of generous donors like you, together we have funded:  

  • 64 projects to support the national recovery of wildlife and wildlife habitat. 
  • the planting of over 92,000 plants for habitat revegetation 
  • installation of 1554 nest boxes 
  • long term species recovery and habitat programs, expanding threatened species care and breeding programs 
  • national veterinary vaccination grants to increase veterinary capacity to treat flying-foxes 
  • the building and distribution of $1 million worth of arboreal water stations for native wildlife 
  • the construction and expansion of wildlife hospital extensions and medical fit out costs 
  • bushfire recovery projects to protect over 17 threatened and endangered species including the endangered Northern Bettong and Kangaroo Island Dunnart from extinction 
  • a full-time emergency rescuer out of Currumbin Wildlife Hospital to support the local rehabilitation network, ensuring animals needing urgent rescue attention can be assisted faster 
  • free training for wildlife rescue groups across the country so that they can implement best practice response and care for wildlife 

And that’s just the start, a lot of recovery work is well underway, and though progress has been significantly impacted by COVID-19, we adapted quickly and continue to provide rescue support 24/7, 365 days a year. 

We are focused on increasing our capacity to rescue and care for more wildlife on an ongoing basis and improving emergency preparedness to better respond to major wildlife emergencies like the Black Summer Bushfires. Another priority focus is recovery, as without healthy, sustainable habitat and wild species populations, the animals we rescue and rehabilitate have nowhere safe to be released. Simply put, without the wild, there is no future for wildlife. 

The lead up to Christmas is always our busiest time of year for rescues, with carers looking after many sick, injured and often orphaned animals. With your ongoing support it is our privilege to keep working to ensure native animals can be returned to the wild now and in the future.  

We have done a lot this year and there is a lot more planned for 2021. Thank you for all that you have done to assist wildlife. We are deeply grateful for your support and wish you and your loved ones a safe and happy holiday season. 

Warm regards, 
Leanne Taylor 
WIRES CEO 

P.S. Without you, none of this is possible. If you are able to give a gift to support the ongoing rescue, rehabilitation and recovery of wildlife, please donate today. Our bushfire projects are just one part of our work, but we have many ongoing projects that need funding. In October alone we received over 21,000 calls for help. Thank you.

 

Thank you from the whole WIRES team
Thank you from the whole WIRES team
Dec 18, 2020

We remain focused on increasing our capacity to rescue and care for wildlife.

Black Flying-fox in care
Black Flying-fox in care

Looking back on the past twelve months it’s hard to believe what the world has endured - it has truly been a year like no other. Extreme weather events, bushfires and COVID-19 have provided the backdrop to major challenges for humanity and the environment across the globe. 

At WIRES we remain focused on increasing our capacity to rescue and care for more wildlife on an ongoing basis and improving  preparedness to better respond to major wildlife emergencies. Another priority focus is habitat recovery, as without healthy, sustainable forests and wild species populations, the animals we rescue and rehabilitate have nowhere safe to be released. Simply put, without the wild, there is no future for wildlife. 

The lead up to Christmas is always our busiest time of year for rescues, with carers looking after many sick, injured and often orphaned animals. With your ongoing support it is our privilege to keep working to ensure native animals can be returned to the wild now and in the future. 

Over the Australian Summer bats are just one of the special native species we rescue. Bats, both megabats and microbats are among the most important yet most misunderstood animals on our planet.

With your help we have been proud to support Green Heroes in the production of an informative wildlife film series and we would like to share with you this insightful video about Flying-foxes and microbats.

We have done a lot this year and there is a lot more planned for 2021. Thank you for all that you have done to assist wildlife. We are deeply grateful for your support. 

Without you, none of this is possible. If you are able to give a gift to support the ongoing rescue, rehabilitation and recovery of wildlife, please donate today and share our project. In October alone we received over 21,000 calls for help. 

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Thank you from everyone at WIRES
Thank you from everyone at WIRES
Sep 3, 2020

Thank you for supporting Australian wildlife

'Marine'- Female Koala rescued by WIRES
'Marine'- Female Koala rescued by WIRES

Thank you for your support of Australia's unique wildlife.

As we head into the Australian Spring/Summer season the number of calls for help to our rescue line increases sharply. Our Rescue Line receives more than 170,000 calls for help each year and the next 3-6 months are our busiest. Spring is breeding season and our volunteers are inundated with orphaned wombat, possum, kangaroo and wallaby joeys as well as the chicks of the many amazing native birds in our country. Your support is helping us to ensure we continue to improve our capability to respond to the growing need for help.

Today we would like to share with you the story of just one of the animals your support has allowed us to rescue, care for and recently return to the wild.

This time last year an extended and extensive drought had been wreaking havoc across vast areas of Australia and the impact was becoming more and more evident to WIRES volunteers on the front line, as natural sources of food and water ran out.

Many species were forced to roam increasingly further afield in their search for food and water which brought them into greater contact with people, vehicles and domestic animals. Koalas were one of the iconic Australian animals deeply impacted by both the drought and the subsequent bushfires.

In January, this 2 year old female koala was rescued when she was found walking along the road. Koalas had been increasingly forced to move around looking for the limited number of eucalyptus trees that still had some leaves with moisture.

Marine, as she became known was taken into care with WIRES, not as a result of injury but sadly because she was starving.

Fortunately, after 7 months of high-quality care, building up her weight and after some reasonable rain fell in the area she had come from, Marine was finally ready to be returned to the wild. We are pleased to be able to share with you a video of her recent journey back to the wild.

If you would like to support our ongoing work rescuing wildlife and getting them back to the wild where they belong please share  our project - Australian wildlife from rescue to release. If you are able to commit to a recurring gift this helps us better plan for the future and is greatly appreciated.

We hope that through sharing our experiences with these animals and telling their stories, we can bring more people on our journey to understand more about our unique Australian animals.

On behalf of the entire WIRES team and all the animals you have helped, thank you.

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