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WIRES works for koalas

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

One of the most important things we can do for nature is save our threatened species from extinction while we still have time, says WIRES (NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service Inc.), Australia’s largest wildlife rescue organisation

The theme for this World Environment Day (5 June) of ‘Connecting People to Nature’, invites us to think about how we are part of nature and how intimately we depend upon it.

“It is almost impossible to think that in less than 40 years, animals like koalas could vanish from the wild in New South Wales,” says WIRES CEO Leanne Taylor.

“It’s not only possible, it’s likely. The government has passed legislation that will lead to broad scale land clearing in New South Wales which will threaten all native animals that inhabit these forests.” read more

Willow and Hunter on road to recovery with WIRES

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

WIRES (NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service Inc.), Australia’s largest wildlife rescue organisation, is there 365 days a year to rescue animals that have lost their homes. In recent years, WIRES has received an increasing number of calls about koalas. In the last year alone, WIRES responded to more than 480 calls from around Australia to help koalas in need – that’s more than one a day! read more

Volunteer your skills by becoming a Digital Wildlife Ambassador

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Australia’s largest wildlife rescue organisation is urging all Australians to consider how they can use their digital skills to help animals in need. WIRES (NSW Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service Inc.) is using National Volunteer Week as an opportunity to launch its new Digital Wildlife Ambassadors program - www.wildlifeambassadors.org.au “This program is a way for people who cannot rescue and care wildlife directly, to support our work in a very valuable way,” said WIRES CEO Leanne Taylor. read more

Peregrine Falcon ingests shotgun pellets

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Peregrine falcon in care with WIRESA rescue call came in for a Nankeen kestrel that had been taken to a local vet in Wagga. When WIRES volunteer Shelly, arrived to pick the bird up she found it was instead this stunning female Peregrine falcon!

The falcon had already been x-rayed and found to have a break in her wing. When Shelly arrived home she sent the x-rays to Hazel, WIRES local raptor co-ordinator, who noticed a strange object in the birds crop. read more

National Koala Conference

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital is proudly hosting the 2nd National Koala Conference - all welcome

When: 2nd - 4th June 2017

Where: Rydges Port Macquarie

The conference will focus on all aspects of koala conservation and koala rehabilitation.

There will be presentations on current research into diseases, drugs, translocation, regional koala projects, future predictions, behaviour and legislation.

All enquiries to: registration@koalahospital.org.au read more

Look out for wildlife during wild weather

Thursday, March 30, 2017

As the storms continue to lash southern Queensland and the rain moves into northern NSW today we are expecting to receive more calls to assist animals in need.  read more

Little puggle in trouble

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Little puggle in troubleHi, my name is Cluney. I’m an Echidna puggle and thanks to WIRES, I was rescued just in the nick of time. But I’ll let them tell you the story…

Cluney was named after the area where he was found wandering near a main road, disorientated and dehydrated, in the northern rivers town of Clunes in New South Wales.  read more

Australia's only true fishing bat

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Andrew from Bobbin Head Marina, called WIRES when he found a tiny microbat on the ground. He put it in a shoebox with some t-shirt material to hang from. WIRES volunteer, Sara went to pick up the pup the next morning and quickly realised that it was very young indeed. The tiny male microbat weighed just 3g, had no fur, and his eyes were only partially open. He was cold and very dehydrated.

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World Wildlife Day - 3 March

Friday, March 03, 2017

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. read more

Kingfishers rescued in unprecedented numbers

Friday, February 17, 2017


Over the last 6 weeks WIRES has received calls to help an unprecedented number of Kingfishers across the Sydney area. read more