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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Aug 26, 2020

Thank you for helping with Wildlife Recovery

Bushfire Recovery Programs-Koala
Bushfire Recovery Programs-Koala

We hope you are staying safe and well during these challenging COVID-19 times. While this pandemic has impacted some of our operating procedures, WIRES continues to focus on bushfire recovery and using your donations to support projects that help our wildlife. The summer of bushfires in Australia have dominated our work for the last seven months and continue to do so.

The needs of our native animals are huge, as we face significant numbers of species requiring urgent intervention and one of the highest mammal extinction rates of any country in the world. Your donation is going towards immediate and long-term solutions to these issues.   

Following is an update on some major projects we have been developing in partnership with Australia’s leading animal conservation and environmental groups and universities. Without the donations we have received from around the world these important initiatives would not be possible, and this is just the beginning of what we have planned.

I thank you again for your generosity. As we implement ongoing recovery plans and increase rescue and care capacity for native animals in preparation for the coming spring and summer we will keep you updated. 

We have included some details on nine projects below.

 

Threatened species programs – over $3.5 million

WIRES is committed to restoring native wildlife populations and has developed important new partnerships to address the alarming number of native animals facing significant population decline.

Projects include:

  • Australian Wildlife Conservancy partnership is focused on saving the Kangaroo Island Dunnart and Northern Bettong from extinction and also includes bushfire recovery programs.  
     
  • Koala Health Hub (School of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney) is a three-year grant to support koala care, management and research. This grant will allow it to respond to an increasing need for koala care and management following recent bushfire and drought.

 

Wildlife care facilities and habitat protection - over $2.5 million

WIRES is helping community groups across the country to establish local programs that support existing wildlife populations in challenging and ever-changing environments.

Projects include:

  • WIRES Landcare Australia Wildlife Relief and Recovery Grants - 64 environmental groups across the country received grants to support the recovery of wildlife habitats impacted by bushfire and drought. This includes rainforest revegetation, installation of nest boxes, feeding programs for endangered wildlife, management of invasive weeds, erosion control and protection of waterways and aquatic habitats.
     
  • Water for Wildlife - A collaboration between WIRES, the University of Sydney, WWF Australia, Reece, Wildsip and other partners to build and distribute 800 Tree Troff ® drink stations in bushfire and drought affected areas.
  • Drink Station Project - WIRES collaborated with Greater Sydney Local Land Services, local councils, Landcare/Bushcare groups, IFAW and NPWS to get emergency water stations installed for native wildlife species in response to extreme drought and fires. WIRES provided 120 automatic-filling drinking bowls to provide water for wildlife in semi-remote locations

 

Funding for animal rescue and care needs – over $5 million  

Projects include:

  • Wildlife Emergency Relief Fund - In January WIRES established an emergency “Wildlife Relief Fund’ to support non-WIRES frontline wildlife rescue organisations. Over $2million was distributed to 223 groups and registered carers across the country to provide immediate assistance.
     
  • Veterinary Relief Fund - In January WIRES established a fund to support vets and specialist wildlife veterinary practices treating animals that have been affected during the bushfire crisis and drought.  
       
  • Animal Rescue Cooperative - WIRES supported Animal Rescue Cooperative (ARC) in feeding thousands of native animals affected by the fires and drought. WIRES continues to work with ARC to deliver hay, joey formula, birdseed, macropod pellets and fresh vegetables to wildlife carers. With ARC's extensive network of volunteers and transport, we have been able to deliver these items along with medical supplies, towels, knitted pouches and blankets to wildlife carers.
     
  • Currumbin Wildlife Hospital, Queensland - WIRES is funding the construction to help build capacity to meet the increasing numbers of animal patients at Currumbin Wildlife Hospital. We will also be supporting ongoing emergency rescue assistance with a dedicated emergency rescue responder and emergency vehicle based at Currumbin to improve rescue response capability.

 

As we head into the Australian Spring/Summer season the number of calls for help increases. 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.

If you would like to support our ongoing work rescuing wildlife and getting them back to the wild where they belong please share and support our project -  Australian wildlife from rescue to release

Habitat Protection-Spotted-tailed Quoll
Habitat Protection-Spotted-tailed Quoll
Funding animal rescue and care-kangaroo joeys
Funding animal rescue and care-kangaroo joeys

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