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Food shortage causes dramatic rise in abandoned flying fox pups

Friday, November 18, 2016

WIRES has reported a dramatic increase in underweight and abandoned flying fox pups with over 130 rescues in recent days.

According to WIRES flying fox rehabilitator Storm Stanford, the pups are being abandoned due to a shortage of natural food along the NSW coast, a combination of fewer flowering eucalypts and fruiting trees this season and the ongoing deforestation around coastal areas of NSW. read more

WIRES Food Fund feeds hungry young mouths

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

WIRES is calling for help to feed the large number of juvenile native animals that have been recently rescued and is inviting native animals lovers from across NSW to donate to the WIRES Food Fund.

WIRES CEO Leanne Taylor said that from now and right through Summer, WIRES volunteers will be feeding hundreds of hungry young native birds and animals to ensure their survival - and the rescue and assistance calls from the public just keep on coming. read more

WIRES North West branch calls for more volunteers

Friday, September 23, 2016

Two newly hatched Galah chicks are safe and well thanks to a quick thinking call to WIRES from Ausgrid linesman Steven Lodge.
Steven was checking the deteriorating condition of a power pole in Yagoona when he noticed two eggs in the hollow at the top of the ageing pole (see images below).
WIRES volunteer, Deborah Martin immediately came and collected the eggs from Steve at the site and then rushed them to an incubator. The eggs hatched two weeks later and she is now raising two healthy, and very lucky chicks. read more

WIRES Riverina puts out the call for more volunteers

Thursday, August 25, 2016

A lucky brushtail possum joey nicknamed Percy is now in safe hands after being found abandoned in the Wagga Wagga Botanic Gardens 10 days ago.

The tiny 270g joey was noticed and picked up by a member of the public who called WIRES and he went into care with local volunteer Leonie Moore.

Moore said a possum this young would normally still be clinging to his mother’s back.
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JULES the rescued Swamp Wallaby joey

Tuesday, August 23, 2016
A swamp wallaby joey nicknamed Jules whose mother was hit and killed by a car in Narooma is now safely in care with local WIRES local volunteer, Beris Jenkins. The joey was kindly rescued by a concerned motorcyclist who spotted her when he pulled over to check the condition of the mother. Jenkins believes the joey was in the pouch when the accident happened as she sustained a broken claw and a badly grazed tail indicating they were most likely poking out of the pouch. read more

Local WIRES branch needs more volunteers to help preserve native wildlife

Wednesday, August 03, 2016
WIRES is inviting members of the Far South Coast community to volunteer some of their time to help preserve and protect the unique native animals in their area.

WIRES is holding an accredited Rescue and Immediate Care Course on 12 August at Tura Beach where local residents are taught the basics of native animal care from professional training staff.

Local WIRES volunteer Janine Green is a strong advocate for wildlife preservation. She recently rescued an injured sugar glider found tangled in barbed wire in Wallagoot.

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Wendy the wallaby joey is on the road to recovery

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

It is thanks to an observant passerby who saw a tiny tail sticking out of a deceased wallaby’s pouch, that a tiny 540 gram joey is now in the care of WIRES and expected to make a full recovery. read more

WIRES rescues injured Pelican on Eden beach

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

A pelican recently found entangled in fishing line has been rescued and released back into the ocean after intervention from WIRES volunteer Janine Green. 

The bird was spotted by a member of the public with fishing line wrapped around its left wing and two hooks hanging from its beak.
 
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WIRES Clarence Valley calls for more volunteers to help save local native wildlife

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

WIRES* has put out a plea to members of the Clarence Valley community to consider volunteering to help save the lives of native animals in the local area.  WIRES is holding an accredited Rescue and Immediate Care Course on 15 May at Grafton where local residents can learn the basics of native animal care from professional trainers and fellow volunteers. read more

WIRES seeks more volunteers to help native animals like Kenny

Friday, April 29, 2016

In late December last year a baby echidna was taken into care by WIRES Volunteer Ellen Kemp. The echidna puggle was nicknamed Kenny and weighed just 400 grams when he was found on the ground in Temora NSW according to Kemp. read more