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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.

Local volunteer, Patricia Edwards has been a WIRES member for over 20 years and is currently caring for two whiptail wallaby joeys which are almost ready to go back into their natural environment thanks to her dedicated care. 

 
The first joey nicknamed ‘Sherrie’ was rescued after being thrown from her mother’s pouch and weighing less than 800g and the other, nicknamed Darvla, was rescued after her mother was hit by a car.  
 
“Sherrie and Darvla are now firmly bonded and we’ll be releasing them together” said Edwards. "It’s just so rewarding to be able to rescue and rehabilitate these beautiful creatures for future generations to enjoy, I’ve enjoyed every minute of my two decades of volunteer work with WIRES”

For more information about the accredited WIRES Rescue and Immediate Care Course on 15 May at Grafton please visit wires.org.au or email Training@wires.org.au.

*WIRES is celebrating its 30 year anniversary this year with the organisation growing from one branch in 1986 to 27 branches across NSW and 2500 dedicated volunteers today. To mark this milestone, throughout 2016 WIRES will be presenting Special Recognition Awards to individuals and companies that have demonstrated a commitment to support and protect NSW’s native animals.

To organise an interview with WIRES Volunteer Patricia Edwards please call Carla Toyne on 02 89773327 / 0416 272 153 or email Carla@wires.org.au 

Darvla and Sherrie the whip-tailed wallabies (Photo credit; P Edwards, WIRES)

Feeding time for Sherrie the whiptail wallaby (Photo credit; P Edwards, WIRES)

High res photos available on request.