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Snakes - Shy and Reclusive PDF Print E-mail

WIRES receives hundreds of calls from people concerned because they see a snake on their property.

As the weather warms up there may be more frequent sightings of reptiles.

WIRES is a volunteer organisation with trained reptile handlers. These dedicated people are volunteers who in most cases are employed in full time jobs and rescue and care for reptiles in their own time.

Generally snakes are shy, reclusive animals and will avoid confrontation with humans at all costs, preferring to flee if given the opportunity.

Koalas struggling with fragmented habitat PDF Print E-mail

Many of our native species are struggling with fragmentation and loss of habitat and our rescue call volumes are rapidly escalating. We are expecting more than 27,000 rescue calls to help wildlife this spring, many related to the lack of safe habitat.  

If you are able to help at this time, please donate today.

A rescue story from last year that received a lot of attention and is circulating again on social media is about this koala, rescued by WIRES in April 2013 from a logged pine plantation in the NSW Central West. 

A worker noticed the koala had been sitting stationary in broad daylight on top of wood piles for over an hour and they called WIRES.   

This image was taken by the WIRES volunteer who rescued the young sub-adult male koala, she could barely believe her eyes and took a quick photo as she set about rescuing him. 

The local vet found this koala had an ulcerated eye and was possibly also disorientated.

Thankfully this koala was able to be released a few days later and the plantation loggers also worked with WIRES to relocate several other disoriented koalas to suitable habitat nearby.  To help us give more animals a safe tomorrow, please consider joining out team and become a regular donor now.

We are deeply appreciative of the actions taken by the loggers to help the koalas and need more members of the public to help with our wildlife rescue and care activities.

Koalas in Eastern Australia were added to the threatened species list in 2012. In the last 12 months WIRES received calls to help 453 koalas and in recent weeks we have rescued two koalas in a metropolitan area near a wildlife corridor.  Both koalas had been hit by cars and one was carrying a joey.

We have already lost too many species.  With the number of endangered and threatened endemic species climbing, the active role we play in the world of wildlife rescue and animal welfare is imperative and it’s your involvement in our work that makes this possible.  Please help us to help more animals.

Noni Hazlehurst lends support to WIRES PDF Print E-mail

Noni Hazlehurst has lent her support to the WIRES Spring Rescue Appeal.

We are expecting to be called to assist more than 27,000 animals over the next three months.


Volunteer to help wildlife PDF Print E-mail

WIRES needs caring people to help native wildlife. Courses are coming up in Lismore, Bega, Narrabeen, Hinchinbrook and Randwick.

Most of our training courses are run in the autumn and winter months.

Training courses run for two days and you must attend both days of the course. It is always best to attend a course in your local area if possible.

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WIRES Wildlife Rescue App PDF Print E-mail

You can now download WIRES free Rescue App to most smart phones and tablets to get instant mobile access to wildlife advice and rescue assistance from WIRES Rescue Team 7 days a week. Go to the Apple Store or Google Play Store to access.

WIRES Rescue App provides a quick and easy way to find out how you can help sick, injured and orphaned wildlife. You can report a rescue directly from the app and access some of the most important information you need to know if you find native animals in distress. 

WIRES Wildlife Rescue App

Key features of the free WIRES Wildlife Rescue App:

      • Report a rescue & get wildlife rescue advice and assistance 365 days a year
      • Find a vet
      • Access wildlife rescue information for common species
      • Register for rescue story updates or register your interest in volunteering
      • Be part of a community of thousands of supporters
      • Make secure credit card donations to make a difference for wildlife and  receive instant receipts delivered to your device
      • Notify friends about your support through Facebook and Twitter

For iphone or ipad download the WIRES Wildlife Rescue App at the App Store.

For android phone or tablet download the WIRES Wildlife Rescue App at Google Play.

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