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WIRES needs caring people to help native wildlife. Courses are coming up in Dubbo, Coffs Habour, Batemans Bay, Lismore and Bega.

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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Donate today to helpAre You Ready to Rescue?

We Urgently Need Your Help to Make a Bigger Difference for Wildlife.

WIRES have been serving wildlife and the community for almost 30 years and we are witnessing a dramatic, ongoing increase in wildlife rescues.

From 12,451 rescues in 2004 to over 68,000 rescue calls in 2013, WIRES have experienced a 446 percent increase in annual rescue calls!

More and more animals need help.  With your help we can make that happen. Please give now to help wildlife.

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 

Echidna Trains PDF Print E-mail

WIRES is starting to get an increased number of calls and enquiries about echidnas. Both the male and the young dispersing juvenile echidnas are emerging from their winter semi-hibernation. Females will emerge shortly and the ‘mating game’ will commence.

This is when you may be lucky to see ‘Echidna Trains’. An echidna train is formed by amorous males forming a line behind the female, hoping to mate with her. 

WIRES is asking the public to be vigilant at this time of the year. Too many deaths occur as these curious creatures attempt to cross roads. 

We also receive many enquiries from people about echidnas in their garages and yards. The best thing to do is to restrain your pets and leave the echidna to move off by itself. This will usually occur at dusk or under the cover of night, when all is quiet. Let neighbours know that an echidna is in the area so they too can restrain their pets.

As echidnas are shy animals, you can enjoy watching them foraging in your yard if you hide inside and watch them from a window. They are looking for termites or ants and in that way they are helping reduce your termite problems.

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