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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

While Sydney was preparing for another spectacular fireworks display, ‘Gal’ the Great Cormorant was fighting for her life. Great Cormorant

On New Year’s Eve WIRES rescuer Michaela and her husband found themselves abandoning their plans and jumping into a creek at a reserve in South West Sydney.   read more


Thursday, January 25, 2018
During bushfires and emergency events WIRES can be inundated with enquires from people wanting to assist wildlife.

Many calls we take are from people wanting to assist with the rescue of injured wildlife in a direct way. While these offers are appreciated as it’s very encouraging to know that people want to help wildlife in times of tragedy, it is necessary for WIRES rescuers and carers to be trained and licenced before they are able to do this safely. Only appropriately trained members are authorised to carry out emergency wildlife rescue and care activities and even they must not enter fire areas until authorised to do so by local Fire Control Officers. read more

Extreme heat causes mass deaths of keystone species

Thursday, January 11, 2018

On January 7, 2018 an extreme heatwave struck south eastern Australia. The wildlife of Sydney and surrounding areas and in particular areas of western Sydney experienced temperatures in excess of 45 degrees celsius. At temperatures above 42-43 degrees combined with high humidity flying-fox colonies are very vulnerable to heat stress. read more

How to rescue an echidna

Monday, December 18, 2017
There is a Short-beaked echidna somewhere in the wilds of north west Sydney, who has been given a second chance thanks to WIRES and wildlife heroes Salina and Bec.

Given increased development, this area of Sydney has seen an increase in the number of echidnas coming into care in recent months.

“That’s the third one I’ve cared for this year,” said Bec. “We’ve got so much development in the area, the poor things are being driven out of their homes.”

WIRES rescuer Salina answered the call to help the echidna who was found by a homeowner’s dogs in her backyard. 

“He had been in the position where we found him for four days,” said Salina, adding that the house was located across the road from where new housing was being constructed. “We initially thought he was stuck but he’d actually dug himself in.”

Realising that it was a two-person job to extract the echidna, Salina returned the next day with another experienced WIRES rescuer.

They were able to gently move the echidna and take him to a vet where he was found to have a scratched beak and injured leg.

“We get them out of harm’s way,” said Salina. “But we try to get them back out in the wild as quickly as possible.”

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Native animals are calling all heroes

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Everyday heroes come in many forms. Some people look out for our wildlife and call WIRES when they find an animal in need of help. Others are able to volunteer their time to become carers for orphaned, injured and displaced animals.

WIRES receives many calls about birds that need assistance but we wouldn’t have such a great success rate in rescues if it wasn’t for heroes like the members of the public and emergency services who regularly lend a hand.

In late October, in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, some very observant council workers noticed the nest of a pair ofTawny Frogmouths at one of the city’s depots. read more

New Bat Rehabilitation Centre opens at Goulburn

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

In a first for NSW, a new microbat aviary has been built near Goulburn. Owned and managed by WIRES Inc. and funded through a community grant from Holcim Australia, the Holcim Bat Flight Centre was officially opened on Monday November 27. 
The aviary will provide a place for microbats in care to regain flight fitness prior to their return to the wild.

The centre has already received requests to accommodate microbats from areas throughout the state including Goulburn, Marulan, Yass, Young, Wagga Wagga, Coffs Harbour and Sydney.

WIRES CEO Leanne Taylor said until now there have been no suitable aviaries in NSW able to accommodate the flight rehabilitation requirements for many of the microbat species that come into care.   read more

Meet our everyday heroes giving hope to wildlife

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

There are so many people who contribute to this success, from concerned members of the public, to our amazing volunteer rescuers and carers, to our staff, donors and supporters. To us, these people are everyday heroes. read more

WIRES Annual Food Fund for Wildlife

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Each year, WIRES runs an online Food Fund appeal to assist our network of 2,500 volunteers to pay for food for the animals they have in care.

At this time of year, and through the Summer months, WIRES volunteers will be feeding hundreds of hungry young animals. And, the rescue and assistance calls from the public just keep on coming.

Our dedicated volunteers are already hand-feeding large numbers of kangaroos, wallabies, gliders, wombats and possum joeys along with numerous species of native fledgling birds. They all come into WIRES due to injuries,displacement from their habitat or being orphaned while they are still dependent on their parents for food and warmth.

The Food Fund presents a great opportunity for people who are passionate about supporting our wildlife but who can’t care for animals themselves, to contribute directly towards their care.
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Fast flying and youth combine to cause concussion

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

During the next few months many juvenile birds of prey begin dispersing to make their own way in the world and as these ‘teenagers’ venture forth, mistakes are made that result in injuries.  read more

Campbelltown Koalas - Public Statement

Wednesday, August 23, 2017


The Campbelltown area in south-western Sydney contains the only population of koalas listed in NSW as likely to be growing. While koalas found further south in the Wollondilly and Wingecarribee Local Government Areas may also be expanding, those populations are affected by chlamydia. This makes it vital that the chlamydia-free Campbelltown koalas survive as a reservoir of healthy animals from which to regenerate declining populations.
From a scientific, ecological and community perspective, the koalas of Campbelltown are priceless. Few, if any, other major urban areas on earth can claim to support a species as globally recognised and valued as the koala. However, their long-term survival is being directly threatened by the level and speed of urbanisation projected for the Campbelltown and Greater Macarthur area. Read the full public statement read more