Spare a thought for the future of Australia’s native animals on World Wildlife Day
Take a moment on 3 March to consider how much they love our unique animals and wild places. Today we are calling on everyone to recognise that 'Caring takes Courage' and “If we care about Australia’s wildlife then it’s vital we all work together to protect not just the animals but their habitats,” says WIRES CEO Leanne Taylor.
Every day WIRES rescues and cares for hundreds of animals that have fallen victim to accidents, injury and illness, extreme weather and changes to their natural environments.
Our collective conservation actions can be the difference between a species surviving or disappearing,” says Ms Taylor, adding that an observant member of the public was able to help a Green turtle hatchling found on a beach at Stanwell Park just this week.“It’s rare to receive a call to help a marine turtle, so we were excited to be able to assist in the rescue of this vulnerable species. Hopefully the turtle will regain its strength and be released back to the wild where it belongs,” she said.
Ms Taylor stresses that wildlife protection is not just an issue for other nations, such as those dealing with illegal poaching, as Australia has one of the highest loss of species anywhere in the world. We also have a large number of endangered and threatened species compared to other parts of the world.
“This issue is currently on our doorstep,” says Ms Taylor, “with the fine print being written on new laws passed by the New South Wales government that will likely lead to tree clearing and habitat destruction across the State”.
If you care about preserving Australia’s unique flora and fauna, please support the WIRES Autumn donation appeal. Our volunteers are out making a difference every day and we need your support to continue to provide our services to wildlife in the face of increasing demand.