Caroline Zambrano, March 2015
NSW wildlife is in good hands for tomorrow's World Wildlife Day (Tuesday 03 March 2015) thanks to the NSW public and the dedicated WIRES volunteers according to WIRES CEO, Leanne Taylor.
A recently rescued possum joey is fed through a syringe (photo credit: Elizabeth Nathan)
“During 2014 we received more than 250,000 calls from the public with a large percentage of those calls resulting in rescues which is a great outcome for our native wildlife,” said Taylor.
“It is so rewarding to see that the people of NSW really do care about our native animals as witnessed by the huge number of rescue calls we receive every year.”
“We must also acknowledge the wonderful WIRES volunteers who freely and tirelessly give their time to rehabilitate our injured and displaced native species.”
Taylor estimates that 2015 will be another extremely busy year and urges animals lovers everywhere to please continue to give their support.
“As a charitable organisation we rely almost entirely on donations and we invite the people of NSW to celebrate this World Wildlife Day with a donation and help our volunteers in their efforts to save our injured and displaced native wildlife.”
Rehabilitation of species such as wombats and kangaroos can take up to 18 months of care before they can be released back into the wild, with the feed costs of up to $600 dollars to raise a kangaroo joey.
All donations over $2 are tax deductable and can be made by visiting www.wires.org.au
A recently rescued possum joey enjoys a nap after being fed (photo credit: Elizabeth Nathan)
WIRES mission is to actively rehabilitate and preserve Australian wildlife and inspire others to do the same. WIRES has 27 branches around NSW and over 2500 volunteer members. For more information or to make a donation please visit www.wires.org.au