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WIRES Wildlife Food Fund 

100% of Funds Help Feed Native Animals in Care

In the last financial year WIRES received over 100,000 requests for rescue advice and assistance. Hundreds of animals are always in care, with spring and summer being the busiest months for rehabilitating sick, injured and orphaned wildlife. 

Approximately 1 million dollars is needed annually to feed wildlife in care. 

In the last financial year WIRES spent over $438,000 on wildlife food across our NSW branches and more than $500,000 nationally. The cost to feed different animals in care varies greatly from species to species, food types, brands and across all different ages. 

Using average milk costs as a guide:
  • $200 will feed a wombat joey for 20 weeks and they can be in care for up to 2 years
  • $100 will feed a kangaroo joey for 10 weeks
  • $50 will feed a wallaby joey for 10 weeks
  • $20 will feed a brushtail possum joey for 16 weeks
  • $10 will feed a ringtail possum joey for 4 months

The cost of food for animals in care, is one the many significant costs involved in running a rescue and care service for wildlife, and WIRES has grown into Australia’s largest wildlife rescue organisation over the last 3 decades. 

WIRES Food Fund for Wildlife began in 2014 to help support the cost of feeding wildlife being rehabilitated for release. It is possible to donate to the Food Fund at any time during the year and it is actively promoted as an annual campaign each October. All funds raised are used to buy food for wildlife in care. 

WIRES rescue and care for wildlife 365 days a year with the support of the community. Your donations make our work possible, please donate today to help feed wildlife.

All gifts to WIRES $2 and over are tax-deductible within Australia.

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