Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife

by Sydney Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Rehabilitate Wallabies & Other Native Wildlife
Joan and Lynleigh working in the Mobile Care Unit
Joan and Lynleigh working in the Mobile Care Unit

The Australian Honours and Awards system recognises the outstanding service and contributions of Australians.

While typically they haven’t sought thanks or recognition, they deserve both. The Honours and Awards system gives the nation a chance to celebrate and acknowledge those who work tirelessly to improve local communities and to make Australia a better place.

Joan R– For Service to Conservation and the Environment

Lynleigh G – For Service to Wildlife Conservation.

Sydney Wildlife Rescue have had a wonderful year with two of their very active volunteers receiving a medal at the Australia Day Awards ceremony for their contribution to Wildlife.

Joan started up the Rehabilitation facility and is the project manager of the rehabilitate Wallabies and other wildlife projects at the facility.  She also was instrumental in the development and implementation of the idea of having a wildlife only Mobile Care Unit       (Wildlife Vet Clinic).

Lynleigh and Joan have both been co- managers of the mobile care unit since its inception where they ran many fund raisers to raise enough money to buy the brand new RV and then set it up as a clinic. This would not have been possible without the huge amount of help from other members and the donations from the public.

Lynleigh is Northern Beaches reptile co-ordinator for Sydney Wildlife and as well as the OAM, she also received the Pittwater Woman of the year award last year.

Joan and Lynleigh were awarded these OAM’s because what they accomplished would have been a feat if it was their paid day job, but No, they did this completely as volunteers! This is not always easy when you have spent the day at work, then when you get home, you need to look after a family, feed the wildlife in your care and clean and then organize fundraisers and manage the Rehabilitation Facility.

Both ladies have numerous awards for their tireless volunteer work with wildlife and we are soo lucky to have them on our team and see them recognized for the amazing work they are doing for our native wildlife.

The Medals
The Medals
Outside Government House before ceremony.
Outside Government House before ceremony.
Pittwater Woman of the year
Pittwater Woman of the year
Cutting of the ribbon for Mobile Care Unit
Cutting of the ribbon for Mobile Care Unit
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Soaked Macropod
Soaked Macropod

During the month March, Sydney experienced many weeks of consistant rain followed by a couple of days of extreme rain falls of over 300mm (12 inches).  With an already water logged earth, there was nowhere for this rain to go which resulted in major flooding events all across Sydney and the wider NSW area. 

Sydney Wildlife starting receiving more calls to assist with animals being affected by the ongoing wet conditions.  These included:

  • turtles being washed out of their homes into unsuitable areas
  • waterlogged possums and birds with nowhere to shelter from the constant rain
  • possums and macropods have presented with a type of rain scald on their feet due to the prolonged wet ground and their feet not being able to dry

As a follow on effect from the rain, we have seen an increase in the mosquito population which has resulted in viruses being spread amongst macropods and other animals resulting in them needing to come into care for medical intervention.  

The rehabilitation facility didn't escape the effect of the extreme weather.  The road leading to the facility is not a sealed road and therefore, a lot of the surface was washed away during the rain making it hard for volunteers to drive in and out of the facility.  Some of the enclosures experienced gereral flooding.  As we have infrared cameras in most enclosures, any animals in danger of being stranded or harmed were relocated to other enclosures. 

We have had a lot of help from our Sydney Wildlife volunteers and our Corporate volunteers to get the facilty back to its former glory, and in some instances, even better than what it was before.  

There has been great community spirit formed amongst all the volunteers that have helped to bring the facility back to its former glory.  This wouldn't be possible without your generous donations that keep the facility running.

Thank you for your ongoing support. 

Road before and after!
Road before and after!
Corporate Volunteer day
Corporate Volunteer day
Waterlogged Ring Tail Possum
Waterlogged Ring Tail Possum
Swamp Wallaby Joey
Swamp Wallaby Joey
Flooded Enclosure
Flooded Enclosure
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Feathertail Glider Lucky Lucy
Feathertail Glider Lucky Lucy

We have been very busy with 16,000 animals rescued by Sydney Wildlife volunteers this year. 

As a result of Australia’s COVID lockdowns, our lovely corporate volunteers were not able to run working bees at the rehabilitation facility for the majority of the year which meant a lot of extra work for the Sydney Wildlife volunteers. 

On top of this, we have not had as many donations as last year either but have still managed to continue to provide great care to all our wildlife we rescue.

The rehabilitation facility has been extremely busy, especially with birds and wallabies now that it is spring.  As people are slowly heading back to the workplace, we have seen an increase of injured wildlife especially on the roads.

This cute little Feathertail glider came into care over 3 weeks ago after Travis, one of our members son, found some leaves in a dead tree that had fallen and needed cutting up. Lucky for "Lucy", our little girl glider, Travis saw the leaves and gently pulled them out of the hollow finding a little pink thing which he put in his hand and took a photo to ask him mum if it was a native animal.

Once it had been collected by a Sydney Wildlife volunteer, it was brought to Joan to hand raise.  Joan had never cared for one this small before, only 1 gm, and at the time, was not sure if it was a Feathertail Glider or a Pygmy Possum.  It required two hourly feeds when first in care but she has now grown and her patagium for gliding has developed confirming that she is a Feathertail Glider.

Lucy still has a long way to go but hopefully she will grow up to be a big (10gm) Feathertail Glider that can go into our rehabilitation facility prior to release.

Please make sure if you do have trees you have to cut up, check for any living creatures first as lots of Australian animals big and small use trees for nesting.

If you find any native wildlife call Sydney Wildlife Rescue 94134300

We hope you have stayed healthy during COVID and that you and your families will have a Christmas full of love and a happy and healthy 2022.

We cannot do the work we do saving lives without your wonderful donations, thank you for your continued support this year.

Regards Joan

Green Tree Snake Wound on body.
Green Tree Snake Wound on body.
Grey Headed Flying Fox
Grey Headed Flying Fox
Some of our happy Company Volunteers, Thank You
Some of our happy Company Volunteers, Thank You
Hard work, happy faces!
Hard work, happy faces!
Merry Christmas everyone.
Merry Christmas everyone.
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Tawny Frogmouth
Tawny Frogmouth

Angiostrongyliasis 

 

A big word with big ramifications for small animals.

Angiostrongyliasis is a disease caused by a parasitic lungworm which belongs to the nematode (roundworm) family. It is believed to have arrived in Australia via an introduced rat species.

The adult worms are found in rats which then excrete the parasite’s larvae in their faeces. When snails or slugs come into contact with the infected rat faeces, they become infected. Wildlife such as tawny frogmouths, kookaburras and blue-tongued lizards eat the snails or slugs and – without treatment – they will die from the disease.

It is a difficult disease to diagnose and often we can only look for clinical signs such as ataxia (abnormal gait), muscle wasting and ascending paresis (rapid paralysis moving upwards from the legs). Sometimes it is only possible to confirm the disease post mortem.

In tawny frogmouths the most common presentation of an affected individual is the inability to clench its feet and falling forward onto its head with wings splayed. We also test their ‘righting reflex’ which involves placing the bird on its back and seeing if it can right itself.

This tawny was rescued by John and Kylie who were walking their dog, Jay. He was ‘sniffed out’ by Jay as he lay helplessly on the ground.

They rushed him to Mona Vale Veterinary Hospital where Dr Rikki examined him and began treatment straight away. He was then transferred to us and our Sydney Wildlife Rescue veterinary team for ongoing treatment and care. A combination of 3 different medications used over a period of 4 weeks saw this tawny frogmouth go from moribund to mettlesome! After the 3rd phase of the treatment plan (which was administered to ensure that he didn’t suffer a relapse) he spent some time in our Sydney Wildlife Rescue Rehabilitation Facility to re-build his muscle strength and ensure that he was ‘match-fit’ for his return to the wild. Thanks to the wonderful volunteers at the facility for taking care of all his needs.

We provide free treatment to injured and sick wildlife. 

We can only do this with your support and donations towards our rehabilitation facility.  Thank you for contributing to help our wonderful wildlife.

When he first arrived, very sick.
When he first arrived, very sick.
Unable to sit up.
Unable to sit up.
Rehabilitation
Rehabilitation
Caught for release
Caught for release
Free again! Now healthy
Free again! Now healthy
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Swamp Wallaby recovering in large enclosure
Swamp Wallaby recovering in large enclosure
On the 13th March, two Sydney Wildlife rescue volunteers accompanied by a national parks ranger went to rescue a Swamp Wallaby that had been hit by a motor bike on one of the national parks roads.  Unfortunately the driver did not stop but a passer by did and called Sydney Wildlife Rescue who immediately went to assess the situation.
On arrival, we found the small joey lying on the side of the road with injuries to its hips and tail. The Sydney Wildlife volunteers collected the joey, weighing only 4.5kgs (9lbs), and took it straight to Terrey Hills Veterinary Hospital.  The vets were fantastic and quickly x-rayed and treated the wallaby who luckily had no breaks but severe bruising and grazes to the whole of its back area.
After the vet treatment, she was taken to the Rehabilitaion facility and put into the quarantine room so we could closely monitor her recovery using our motion activated cameras.  The cameras we have at the facility are worth their weight in gold for situations like this.  It enables us to monitor the wildlife without stressing them further than they already are. In Macropods this is very important as they can suffer Capture Myopathy causing muscle damage due to stress.
As you will see in the photos, the Wallabies posture improves to the point where it can balance on the food bowl.  This shows us the progress from not being able to stand when she first arrived to being strong enough to balance on her own without having to capture her regularly to check her progress.
Sydney Wildlife rescues over 13,000 animals a year and therefore we need to be able to track each of them and fulfill our National Parks and Wildlife license requirements by keeping detailed records of each and every animal rescued. Every rescue is allocated a reference number. When carers have multiple animals, reference numbers become harder to remember and by giving them a name, makes it more personal.  A lot of carers will pick a name that relates to the animals rescue story. For example, Morgan the Swamp Wallaby came from Morgan Road, Belrose. 
Using tail to help it move due to injuries
Using tail to help it move due to injuries
Strong enough to balance on food bowl
Strong enough to balance on food bowl
Well enough to jump up and see other wallabies
Well enough to jump up and see other wallabies
Well enough to join the mob
Well enough to join the mob
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Location: Sydney, NSW - Australia
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Project Leader:
Joan Reid
Lindfield, NSW Australia
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