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WIRES Weddin Lachlan seeks more rescue volunteers.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The WIRES Weddin Lachlan branch has put out an urgent call for more volunteers to assist in the rescue and rehabilitation of injured native animals and birds.
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WIRES Celebrates 30 years of rescuing NSW’s native wildlife

Friday, April 08, 2016

When Mikla Lewis founded WIRES (Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service Inc.) back in 1986 little did she envisage that 30 years later the not-for-profit organisation would have expanded from a single branch in Sydney to 27 branches across NSW and boast over 2500 dedicated volunteers. read more

Baby echidna saved by WIRES Dubbo

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

The WIRES Dubbo branch is caring for a tiny baby echidna (known as a puggle) after it was found in its mother’s pouch by a concerned member of the public following a road incident.  WIRES volunteer Louise O’Sullivan is caring for the young marsupial that she has nicknamed ’Spike’.  “Echidnas are hardly ever brought into WIRES so it a rare opportunity to be able to raise and release Spike back into the wild,” said O’Sullivan.  “He weighed just 140 grams and was hairless when rescued and has now more than doubled his weight - so I’m delighted with his progress!"  read more

The Call of the Wild beckons North West volunteers

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Native animal rescue organisation WIRES knows only too well that the North West region of Sydney enjoys a wonderful diversity of native animals and birds with the local branch regularly being called to rescue injured wildlife of all types.

WIRES North West Chair and Bird coordinator Deborah Martin said the area is one of the few remaining outer suburbs of Sydney that retains a number of important habitat areas and as such, more volunteers are always needed to keep up with the number of injured, sick or displaced native animals.  read more

Sunny the success story heads back home where she belongs

Thursday, January 28, 2016

A female brushtail possum joey rescued by WIRES and weighing in at a tiny 327 grams was successfully released back into the wild last week.

WIRES volunteer Michelle Lewis took Sunny into care last October after the tree she and her mother were sleeping in was cut down.

“The mother escaped unharmed but in the chaos of the tree being felled sadly the pair became separated while Sunny was still heavily dependent on her mum for survival, “ said Lewis. read more

Rescued koala on the road to recovery

Monday, January 18, 2016

A severely malnourished koala found by a member of the public in Dorrigo NSW has gained almost 600gm in her first week of care thanks to local WIRES volunteer Anthony Heidemann.

Heidemann collected the starving female koala, named Megan, from a local vet after being handed in suffering from a paralysis tick and muscle wastage down her left side.

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WIRES is ready to rescue on New Year’s Day

Thursday, December 31, 2015

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NSW's native animals need more lifesavers this summer

Wednesday, December 16, 2015
WIRES is calling on the public to spare a thought for NSW’s native wildlife this Christmas and New Year by adding some much needed support to the WIRES Summer Appeal.  read more

Flying-fox Dispersal Causes Unnecessary Distress

Monday, October 12, 2015


NSW Wildlife, Information, Rescue & Education Service (WIRES) and Sydney Metropolitan Wildlife Services (Sydney Wildlife) have expressed concern for the welfare of a small colony of grey-headed flying-foxes in Avalon after an early morning dispersal of the protected species last Thursday. 
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Help save the next generation of NSW’s wildlife

Monday, September 21, 2015

WIRES is calling on the general public to help save NSW’s native animals as the not-for-profit rescue group enters one of the busiest times of the year.
According to WIRES CEO Leanne Taylor, it is during the springtime breeding season when native animals across NSW are attempting to raise their young that the organisation is inundated with calls from the public.
“In Spring 2014 WIRES received 108 calls for wombats, 1273 calls for wallabies and kangaroos and 2880 calls for possums and gliders,” said Taylor.
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