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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

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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WIRES works for koalas

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

One of the most important things we can do for nature is save our threatened species from extinction while we still have time, says WIRES (NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service Inc.), Australia’s largest wildlife rescue organisation

The theme for this World Environment Day (5 June) of ‘Connecting People to Nature’, invites us to think about how we are part of nature and how intimately we depend upon it.

“It is almost impossible to think that in less than 40 years, animals like koalas could vanish from the wild in New South Wales,” says WIRES CEO Leanne Taylor.

“It’s not only possible, it’s likely. The government has passed legislation that will lead to broad scale land clearing in New South Wales which will threaten all native animals that inhabit these forests.” read more

Willow and Hunter on road to recovery with WIRES

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

WIRES (NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service Inc.), Australia’s largest wildlife rescue organisation, is there 365 days a year to rescue animals that have lost their homes. In recent years, WIRES has received an increasing number of calls about koalas. In the last year alone, WIRES responded to more than 480 calls from around Australia to help koalas in need – that’s more than one a day! read more

Volunteer your skills by becoming a Digital Wildlife Ambassador

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Australia’s largest wildlife rescue organisation is urging all Australians to consider how they can use their digital skills to help animals in need. WIRES (NSW Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service Inc.) is using National Volunteer Week as an opportunity to launch its new Digital Wildlife Ambassadors program - www.wildlifeambassadors.org.au “This program is a way for people who cannot rescue and care wildlife directly, to support our work in a very valuable way,” said WIRES CEO Leanne Taylor. read more

Peregrine Falcon ingests shotgun pellets

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Peregrine falcon in care with WIRESA rescue call came in for a Nankeen kestrel that had been taken to a local vet in Wagga. When WIRES volunteer Shelly, arrived to pick the bird up she found it was instead this stunning female Peregrine falcon!

The falcon had already been x-rayed and found to have a break in her wing. When Shelly arrived home she sent the x-rays to Hazel, WIRES local raptor co-ordinator, who noticed a strange object in the birds crop. read more

National Koala Conference

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital is proudly hosting the 2nd National Koala Conference - all welcome

When: 2nd - 4th June 2017

Where: Rydges Port Macquarie

The conference will focus on all aspects of koala conservation and koala rehabilitation.

There will be presentations on current research into diseases, drugs, translocation, regional koala projects, future predictions, behaviour and legislation.

All enquiries to: registration@koalahospital.org.au read more



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