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Flying-foxes being impacted by cold and wet weather PDF Print E-mail

Urgent Notice: WIRES has been taking calls from right across NSW to help with flying-foxes who are feeling the effects of the prolonged wet and cold weather during the last week. 

It is absolutely crucial that we get specialist rescuers to any flying-foxes seen out during the day away from their camp as quickly as possible.

If you find a flying-fox on the ground please place a box or towel gently over them and call WIRES 1300 094 737 immediately for help. 

Remove any domestic animals from the vicinity.

If you find a Flying Fox or bat of any sort do not handle or attempt to rescue, this is best done by experienced and vaccinated carers.

Flying fox numbers along the east coast of Australia have been declining rapidly.

Decades of Government policy has seen the clearance of the bats' historic habitat right along the coast, and that is why they are now looking for alternative habitat in urban areas.

Flying foxes show great respect for their elders and are the only species which don't reject sick or deformed young. Far from being aggressive, they are timid and very affectionate towards each other. The noise made by flying foxes early in the morning is the sound of mothers calling their young to tell them they are returning.

These animals are valuable to our eco-system. Flying foxes provide a service pollinating our forests. No government could afford to pay for this if the flying fox becomes extinct. The loss of hardwood forests would have serious implications to our economy and our environment.

Volunteer to help wildlife PDF Print E-mail

WIRES needs caring people to help native wildlife. Courses are coming up in  Coffs Harbour, Batemans Bay, Lismore, Bega, Chullora 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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Pouches for wildlife Print E-mail

Joey in knitted pouch with linerEvery day  WIRES volunteers are taking orphaned young marsupials into care. Youngsters like the swamp wallaby joey (pictured), wombat, glider, bandicoot, ringtail and brushtail possum joeys and many others.

These young animals need a safe and warm environment that is as similar as possible to their mothers pouch where they would normally be if they were not in care.

Each joey in care therefore needs a pouch. There are two kinds of pouches, one inner liner of cotton and an outer pouch made of wool.

See a clip featured on Sunrise about how the pouches are used by our volunteers 

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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