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!
Corporate Volunteer day
Waterlogged Ring Tail Possum
Swamp Wallaby Joey