May 13, 2020

Thank you on behalf of Australia's wildlife

Wallaby joey in care with WIRES
Wallaby joey in care with WIRES

WIRES has now been rescuing and caring for wildlife for almost 35 years and our priority continues to be the rescue and care of wildlife in distress.

It is only with the support of kind and generous people like you that we can continue to rescue, care and advocate for wildlife, especially those facing adversity. Our Rescue Call Centre is crucial to our rescue service, with our emergency rescue line receiving over 40,000 calls in just the last three months. Our 3,000 trained volunteers responded to more than 22,000 rescues. 

In addition to continuing to rescue wildlife every day WIRES is works with a wide range of individuals and organisations to ensure the best possible longer term outcomes for our wildlife.

We would like to share a short video featuring an orphaned wombat joey that was rescued from the roadside after losing his mother in a motor vehicle incident. Young 'Jonah' is being cared for by WIRES volunteer, Susan and will be in care for up to 2 years before he will be old enough to fend for himself in the wild.

The last 6 months have been unlike anything WIRES or the Australian community have experienced previously. On top of one of the worsts droughts in history massive fires that raged continually from September to February, tragically burnt over 5.4 million hectares of land in NSW alone, over 18.6 million hectares nationally and 20% of Australian forests were lost. 

Throughout the year and the recent fires and drought WIRES remained committed to rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing native animals back into their natural habitat and we will continue to be a major force in the rebuilding of our wildlife populations and we would not be able to do that without your support. 

We hope that through sharing our experiences with these animals and telling their stories, people will grow to appreciate these incredible creatures and understand how important they are. 

On behalf of the entire WIRES team and all the animals you have helped, thank you. 

Rescued Rainbow Lorikeet
Rescued Rainbow Lorikeet
Orphaned wombat joey in care with WIRES
Orphaned wombat joey in care with WIRES
Feb 26, 2020

WIRES Emergency Bushfire Response

Rescued Platypus
Rescued Platypus

Across Nov/Dec/Jan our volunteers attended over 10,000 rescues. Thanks to your support we are able to respond to assist wildlife in need. 

The bushfire emergency in Australia has taken a tragic toll on wildlife and the global community acted significantly to help wildlife in January donating millions of dollars to WIRES to help native animals.

WIRES takes the diligent management of these funds extremely seriously and is working closely with a wide range of organisations to implement plans designed to deliver maximum value for immediately affected wildlife and surviving wildlife in the wild. Many animals are also facing long-term challenges due to the food and water shortages and lack of habitat.

No-one knows yet whether hundreds of animals at risk of extinction have survived and for the remaining animals of these species, unprecedented actions to preserve their future may be required.

Thanks to our incredible donors, we are immensely proud to have been able to already have approved or disbursed funding to 70 licensed rescue groups or individually licensed carers across 6 states and territories, in addition to supporting our 28 WIRES Branches across NSW, and every day there are more applications being received and processed.

These funds have been used to:

• provide food and water to hundreds of animals in care, including more than 11 tonnes of hay. 
• fund medical equipment for emergency animal care
• fund veterinary expenses
• fund lifesaving medications
• expand existing care enclosures to accommodate the increased amount of rescued animals in the aftermath of the bushfires.
• repair damaged enclosures or facilities destroyed by fires.

Additionally:
• water tanks, pumps, pipes, high-visibility vests and radios have also been funded to help volunteers to stay safe in the dangerous search and rescue conditions.
• specialised facilities are being built for Koalas and Greater Gliders.
• 26 ICU incubators have been purchased. These incubators are invaluable when caring for young orphaned animals who would still be relying on their mothers to keep them warm.
• 5 flying-fox flight aviaries are being built along with the repair and extension to an existing facility.
• supplies including pouches, possum boxes, safety equipment and medical supplies have been distributed to 7 states and territories with the assistance of the Animal Rescue Cooperative.

Thank you for your support, we have been very moved by the level of compassion from around the globe, it is greatly appreciated.

Kangaroo joey rescued from deceased mothers pouch
Kangaroo joey rescued from deceased mothers pouch
 
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