Carer needs help to go on



WILDLIFE carer Tina Janssen is hunting out new volunteers as her dream of setting up a wallaby captive breeding program moves a step closer.

The passionate wildlife enthusiast yesterday said as soon as the relevant "government documents'' arrived she would kickoff the breeding program for the endangered bridled nailtail wallaby.

"We are just about to get the okay for the (program),'' Ms Janssen said.

"I would hope it will be within the next couple of months.''

Currently, she has about 40 wallabies of this species at her property at Marlborough. And she would love more help to look after them.

"I'm working about 18-hour days,'' Ms Janssen, who runs the Central Queensland wildlife group Australian Animals Care and Education (AACE), said.

"We need more volunteers to help save this endangered species.

"We have got three English volunteers here at the moment, but we need five (people).''

She said volunteers could expect free accommodation and cheap meals for their efforts.

AACE is a voluntary organisation which relies on donations. With about 45 members, the group, which was set up in 2003, is also looking down the track for land-owners where successfully bred wallabies can be released.

For more information about the program, contact Tina Janssen on 4935?6076 or check out the group's website at www.aace.org.au



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