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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

CAMPBELLTOWN KOALAS – PUBLIC STATEMENT

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

WIRES invites you to go 'wild' for a night at the new Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

On October 3, Sydney’s newest luxury hotel - Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour - will open its doors to WIRES and 27 other deserving charities.

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Winds and wildlife

Friday, August 18, 2017

The strong winds across NSW today are creating problems for wildlife and our rescue line is taking many calls.Today there are even reports of a Tawny Frogmouth being blown into the path of a car! read more

Rally: Say 'No' to cash for trees

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Rally: Thursday, June 15th. Join concerned Sydneysiders in front of NSW Minister for the Environment Gabrielle Upton's office at 330 New South Head Road, Double Bay, on Thursday 15th June, 2017 at 8:30am to protect our local trees and wildlife and say "no" to new cash for trees legislation.  read more

Laid back koala makes an impression

Friday, June 09, 2017

Col in careKoalas in NSW are now listed as 'Vulnerable' by the NSW government. This means they are at high risk of extinction in the medium term and this in turn makes each and every rescue and release that WIRES is able to accomplish even more important in the scheme of their long-term survival.

In February a property owner at Caroona, south of Gunnedah spotted a koala hanging around a lonely stand of young red gum. This was during a period of very high temperatures.

The owner of the property knew that a nearby bore pipe had sprung a leak making a nice puddle and he thought the koala may have been attracted to the water and did not think too much more about it.

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