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WIRES uses bushfire donations to support University koala research

Saturday, July 11, 2020

WIRES has announced a three-year grant to the Koala Health Hub (KHH) a University of Sydney initiative to support koala care, management and research. The grant will sustain the KHH and allow it to respond to increasing need for koala care and management following recent bushfires and droughts. “WIRES fully... read more

WIRES Landcare Wildlife Relief and Recovery Grants Program

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

WIRES and Landcare Australia have joined forces in a landmark $1million partnership supporting recovery of wildlife habitats impacted by bushfire and drought across Australia. Facilitated by unprecedented public appeals and donations, the WIRES Landcare Wildlife Relief and Recovery Grants will provide eligible local Landcare environment networks and community groups access... read more


Friday, February 21, 2020

In the aftermath of Australia’s devastating bushfires and drought, WIRES (NSW Wildlife Information and Rescue and Education Service Inc) has received unprecedented global support from individuals and organisations, donating in excess of $60 million to WIRES Emergency Fund to help Australian native wildlife. WIRES takes the responsibility of these donations... read more

WIRES asks holiday motorists to watch out for bushfire affected animals

Friday, January 3, 2020

WIRES is asking motorists to please take extra care on the roads during the school holiday period as bushfire affected animals seek water, food and shelter. Early mornings and evenings are when many species including koalas, wombats, possums, wallabies and sugar gliders are on the move, but if they are... read more

WIRES warns thousands of flying foxes could die during current heatwave

Thursday, December 19, 2019

WIRES warns thousands of flying foxes could die during current heatwave

Flying-fox pup rescued from Northern NSW colony in care with WIRES (photo credit WIRES Jenny Beatson) WIRES is warning that thousands of flying-foxes are expected to perish over the next week as temperatures across Australia continue to soar. WIRES NSW flying-fox coordinator Storm Stanford said colonies across the Eastern states... read more

Spare a thought for our wildlife this Christmas

Monday, December 16, 2019

Spare a thought for our wildlife this Christmas

As bushfires rage across NSW on the back of the worst drought in decades our native animals are being severely impacted through lost habitat, starvation and displacement. More than ever WIRES needs help to rehabilitate the unprecedented number of native animals coming into care as a result of these terrible... read more

WIRES' advice on how to help bushfire affected wildlife

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

WIRES is receiving numerous calls from concerned members of the public across NSW regarding the fate of our wildlife in the bushfire areas, along with many requests of how to help.  WIRES volunteers are on standby to enter fire grounds once the RFS and National Parks and Wildlife Services (NPWS)... read more

Little Penguin released from care after falling from the sky at Walkers Beach, Gerroa

Friday, October 25, 2019

Little Penguin released from care after falling from the sky at Walkers Beach, Gerroa

Image credit: Jana Schader, WIRESA Little Penguin has had a lucky escape after falling from the sky at Walkers Beach, Gerroa, near Kiama on the NSW south coast. The adult female Little Penguin, also known as a Fairy Penguin, came into WIRES’ care after the incident and was successfully released... read more

Kangaroos run over by vehicle in Tura Beach

Monday, September 30, 2019

A number of adult and juvenile kangaroos have been run over in what police are considering a deliberate act of cruelty in Tura Beach, near Merimbula on the NSW South Coast. WIRES Far South East member Janine Green was alerted to the incident when police knocked on her door at 1:30am... read more

Flying-Foxes are in Trouble

Monday, September 16, 2019

Flying-Foxes are in Trouble

Photo credits – Andrya Hart, Flying-fox at The ChannonHave you seen a flying-fox recently in the daytime in a tree? Or found one dead on the ground? Large areas of the North Coast of NSW as well as South East Queensland are experiencing what appears to be a severe flying-fox... read more

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