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WIRES Launches Major Grant Program for Wildlife Sector

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

WIRES Launches Major Grant Program for Wildlife Sector

WIRES has announced a $5million grants program to improve outcomes for Australia’s native wildlife. WIRES National Grant Program will be run over five years and is designed to support best practice wildlife rescue and rehabilitation, native species recovery projects and increase emergency preparedness. read more

WIRES Introduces National Course for Sea Turtle Rescue

Sunday, September 5, 2021

WIRES Introduces National Course for Sea Turtle Rescue

To mark National Threatened Species Day WIRES has launched a Sea Turtle Rescue Course as part of its National Training Grants Program. This online course will be available nationally for authorised wildlife rescue and rehabilitation organisations, as well as veterinary staff. The Sea Turtle Rescue Course educates on the safe... read more

Impact Report FY2020

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

WIRES has released their Impact Report FY 2020. The report outlines the emergency response to the 19/20 bushfires and programs that have been initiated from financial support received from Australia and around the world. WIRES CEO Leanne Taylor states in the introduction to the report: Over the last year the... read more

NSW Rehabilitation Capacity Building Project

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

WIRES is undergoing a comprehensive review of wildlife rehabilitation facilities across NSW.   This will lead into the biggest rehabilitation capacity building project ever undertaken by the organisation. A newly employed Rehabilitation Facilities Projects Co-ordinator will oversee the project liaising with Species Teams, all 28 WIRES branches and NSW National Parks... read more

Wildlife Research Grants Program

Monday, June 28, 2021

WIRES has announced it will fund a $1.5 million wildlife research grants program to be launched early 2022. This program will be run in-conjunction with the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales (RSZ NSW). The objective of the WIRES RSZ Wildlife Research Grants program is to address the significant... read more

WIRES response to current NSW mouse plague

Thursday, June 3, 2021

WIRES is monitoring the mouse plague poisoning situation closely and we have had considerable concern and enquiries from the community about the safety to wildlife. Currently we cannot report a noticeable increase in calls for native animals related to the poisoning, however this may not be indicative of a potential... read more

Thomas Sabo partners with WIRES for Mother's Day

Friday, April 23, 2021

Thanks to our ongoing relationship, you could make a difference to the outcomes of Australian wildlife this Mother’s Day by  purchasing one of two limited edition Koala pieces from the Thomas Sabo collection. For a limited time 50% from every online sale* of the special edition Koala necklace & charm... read more

RESCUE 101 – WIRES calls for more volunteers

Monday, March 15, 2021

In response to a growing number of wildlife assistance calls WIRES has launched a new volunteer program, Rescue 101, making it easier for new volunteers to join WIRES and assist with the rescue of sick and injured wildlife. Rescue 101 provides the knowledge and skills an individual needs to help... read more

WIRES Announces Stage 2 Emergency Funding Plans

Friday, February 26, 2021

WIRES has announced the allocation of $35 million in funding as part of Stage 2 plans for their Emergency Fund to help Australian native wildlife The priorities of Stage 2 plans are focused on Rescue, Rehabilitation and Recovery. “A major aim of our Stage 2 plan is to build national... read more

Australia’s outdated environmental law urgently needs overhaul

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

The release of the 10-year independent review of environmental laws by Professor Graeme Samuel AC is the reform Australia desperately needs and is welcomed by WIRES. The final report clearly demonstrates the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act’s long-term failure to deliver protections for the environment and the conservation of biodiversity.... read more