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Make a Pledge For Our Fauna

Thursday, February 25, 2021

In collaboration with Vets For Climate Action we are taking time to remember the 3 billion native animals affected by the extreme weather events of the 2019/20 drought and bushfire season. This is part of the For our Fauna campaign running throughout March. read more

Australian Bushfires Impact and Recovery

Tuesday, December 08, 2020
A year on from Australia’s worst bushfire season in history, WIRES and Bush Heritage Australia continue to work collaboratively across the conservation sector to help secure the future of all native species.

In this webinar an update is provided by CEO of WIRES Leanne Taylor, Bush Heritage CEO Heather Campbell, Bush Heritage National Fire Program Manager Richard Geddes and WIRES Koala Coordinator Vickii Lett.

While a lot of work remains to be done, we are starting to see signs of recovery, with plants re-sprouting and native animals returning to the landscape. We are excited to share with you some of the successes you have helped make possible this year and the opportunities to further strengthen bushfire recovery and resilience efforts across Australia and beyond.
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Official Opening of the Barrington Wildlife Sanctuary

Friday, November 27, 2020

WIRES was invited to Aussie Ark for the official opening of their 400 hectare Barrington Wildlife Sanctuary on the 26th November 2020, joining Aussie Ark President Tim Faulkner, Aussie Ark staff, other partners and Joe Thompson from the Department of Biodiversity and Conservation, to celebrate the opening. read more

WIRES Introduces Vaccination Grants Program for Veterinary Clinics

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

WIRES is calling for veterinary practices who would like to treat flying-foxes or expand the treatment they currently provide, to apply for a grant to cover the costs of necessary vaccinations for staff. WIRES Veterinary Vaccination Grants are available for vet clinic staff nationally.
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Visiting Aussie Ark

Friday, October 02, 2020

Many native Australian species were already at risk of extinction, before approximately 3 billion native animals were killed or displaced by the horrific fires of 2019/2020. Empowered by the support of the community WIRES has been working closely with major partners on key projects to support long-term species recovery and conservation. read more

WIRES Water for Wildlife Project

Thursday, August 20, 2020

WIRES Water for Wildlife collaboration will build and distribute $1 million worth of arboreal water stations for native wildlife.

The project is a direct result of research by the University of Sydney that found koalas used supplemented water extensively throughout the year. This is particularly frequent when extreme weather events dramatically reduce leaf water content, potentially leading to large-scale mortality due to dehydration.

According to Dr Valentina Mella, Post-Doctoral Research Associate – Animal Behaviour and Conservation, The University of Sydney, “Our results suggest that future changes in rainfall regimes and temperature in Australia have the potential to critically affect koala populations.  read more

WIRES Partner with Currumbin Wildlife Hospital to Help Wildlife

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

WIRES is proud to be supporting Currumbin Wildlife Hospital, Queensland to expand its facility and be equipped to treat a rapidly increasing number of sick, injured and orphaned Australian wildlife.

The hospital was built in 2009 with a plan to cater for a 10-20% growth in admissions annually, but within ten years this increased by 300%.

The recent drought and Black Summer bushfires resulted in a record number of wildlife hospital admissions. Over 1,500 native animals were admitted from November to January with almost 100 animals daily at the peak of the bushfires.

WIRES is contributing over $312,000 to fund the construction of the hospital extension as well as the medical fitout costs. The works are scheduled for completion before summer which is traditionally its busiest period.

The new extension will provide increased capacity for triage, examination and treatment, while also increasing the capacity for native animals requiring hospitalisation for extended periods of time. read more

WIRES and AWC

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

WIRES and the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) have joined forces to help save threatened Australian wildlife in response to the tragic loss of wildlife and biodiversity resulting from the castastrophic fires over Black Summer.  AWC and WIRES are committed to securing the future of Australia’s wildlife. WIRES is contributing more than $1.6 million to AWC’s bushfire recovery projects and towards saving the endangered Northern Bettong and Kangaroo Island Dunnart from extinction. read more

WIRES uses bushfire donations to support University koala research

Saturday, July 11, 2020

WIRES has announced a three-year grant to the Koala Health Hub (KHH) a University of Sydney's School of Veterinary Science initiative to support koala care, management and research. The grant will sustain the KHH and allow it to respond to increasing need for koala care and management following recent bushfires and droughts. read more

Wallaroo rescued from suburban roof!

Thursday, July 02, 2020
Late on Sunday night a very unusual call was received from a suburban location in South Western Sydney. The caller told us there was a 'kangaroo' on her roof!  read more

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