HELP AT HAND: WRRRR members Joel Irwin and Amanda Hickman with two of the many animals in care. The new group is hoping for community support through donations of money and/or materials. Photo Mike Knowling / Capricorn Coast Mirror
HELP AT HAND: WRRRR members Joel Irwin and Amanda Hickman with two of the many animals in care. The new group is hoping for community support through donations of money and/or materials. Photo Mike Knowling / Capricorn Coast Mirror Mike Knowling

Wildlife gains a new ally in Livingstone

From The Capricorn Coast Mirror

 

WILDLIFE in the Livingstone shire now has an extra friend and ally with the setting-up of a new rescue group dedicated to native animals in trouble.

Wildlife Rockhampton - Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release (WRRRR) has been formed by like-minded people in the local community willing to open their hearts and homes for sick, injured and orphaned wildlife.

First formed in March, WRRRR has earned all the necessary approvals and permits from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) and, just three months on, its carers are already looking after a wide range of animals and birds.

EHP indicated to the group it had been approved to care for wildlife both in the Rockhampton region and Livingstone shire areas.

Its goals are simple: To help wildlife and raise public awareness and community involvement.

WRRRR president Tom O'Regan said the group was run entirely by volunteers.

"Support and funding comes only from the generosity of the people of Central Queensland through donations, membership, sponsorship and support for our fundraising activities," Mr O'Regan said.

Already, two Yeppoon businesses - CQ inSight Website and Graphic Design and QBIK Creative - have become sponsors by donating services and in-kind support to the group.

"By supporting Wildlife Rockhampton, you are giving native animals in the two local areas a second chance for happy, healthy lives."

Mr O'Regan said anyone in the shire who came across an injured or sick animal or bird and was unsure of what to do now had a clear course of action - call Wildlife Rockhampton any time and you will receive help.

"Our hotline, 0429 GO WILD (0429 469 453), means members of the public can call for assistance whenever wildlife is found injured," he said.

WRRRR's registered and highly trained wildlife carers look after, protect and give medical attention and comfort to wildlife in their care.

"Our ultimate goal is to prepare wildlife for release back into the wild with the greatest chance of survival."

Mr O'Regan said it had been decided to form WRRRR because of the lack of such services in the region.

By providing education on the conservation of wildlife and their natural habitats, the group hopes to inspire greater involvement through more members, volunteers and wildlife carers.

The group also aims to encourage wider understanding of living in harmony with and reducing threats to wildlife.

"All our members are dedicated to making our region a better place environmentally, both for wildlife and the community."

As well as funds, WRRRR wildlife carer Svetlana Jones said animals in care would benefit greatly from donations in kind - items such as possum boxes or humidicribs to keep young or sick kangaroos, wallabies, gliders, possums and birds at constant temperatures.

Materials were also useful, such as wood off-cuts, electrical parts and perspex, as the Men's Shed in Rockhampton had agreed to assemble boxes and humidicribs from donated items.

"Our group is only as strong as the community support we receive," she said.

Anyone interested in helping should call 0429 469 453.

 

Rescues So Far

BETWEEN March 1 and June 24, WRRRR rescued and helped the following:

 

Birds: 62

 

Marsupials (kangaroos, wallabies, gliders, possums): 39

 

Echidnas and Bats: 17

 

Turtles: 8

 

Total: 126

 

 

Information: wildliferockhampton.org.au



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