Working together for wildlife - the best way to celebrate World Wildlife Day
The Wildlife Heroes project is celebrating 'working together to help wildlife volunteers' this World Wildlife Day.
The NSW Wildlife Heroes Steering Committee met for the first time on the 27th February, bringing diverse skills and perspectives together to support wildlife
rescue and rehabilitation. The group discussed the needs and challenges of wildlife rehabilitation across the state and shared experiences from the
summer bushfire crisis.
There was lots of positive energy for what can be achieved collectively, even in the face of so much loss and exhaustion.
An expression of interest request for Steering Committee members went out to the NSW wildlife rehabilitation sector in October last year, just as the Wildlife
Heroes project was launching. Committee members were chosen to represent wildlife groups, veterinarians, researchers and animal welfare organisations.
The Wildlife Heroes Steering Committee will assist in developing the direction and delivery of project activities across NSW. Projects planned for 2020
include grants for wildlife volunteers and vets, mental health support for carers and travel scholarships for the Australian Wildlife Rehabilitation
The NSW Wildlife Heroes project was the first to respond to the summer bushfire crisis, activating an Emergency Fund grant round in November. More than
$220,000 has already gone out to help NSW groups responding to bushfire, drought and extreme heat.
NSW Groups funded since December 2019:
Wildlife Rescue South Coast
Sydney Metropolitan Wildlife Rescue
Northern Rivers Wildlife Carers
Wildlife Animal Rescue and Care Society Inc.
WIRES Mid South Coast Branch
Native Animal Rescue Group NSW Inc.
WIRES-Blue Mountains Branch
WINC Wildlife in need of care
WIRES Northern Rivers Branch
WIRES Mid North Coast Branch
WIRES Clarence Valley Branch
Port Stephens Koala & Wildlife Preservation Society Ltd
WIRES Hawkesbury Branch
WIRES New England Branch
WIRES Macarthur branch
WIRES Central Coast
WIRES North West
LAOKO Inc (Looking After Our Kozciuszko Orphans)
SONA Wildlife Rescue (Saving Our Native Animals Inc)
F.A.W.N.A. (NSW) Inc.
Native Animal Trust Fund INC
Wildlife Heroes Steering Committee
Casey Towns – WIRES Dubbo
Suzy Nethercott-Watson – Two Green Threads
Jana Schader – WIRES Illawarra
Kyla Shelley – WIRES staff member
Debborah Kerr – Sydney Wildlife Rescue
Charlie Carter - Veterinarian
Samantha Chatfield – Wildlife ARC
Roslyn Irwin – Friends of the Koala
Audrey Koosmen – Hunter Wildlife Rescue
Associate Professor Catherine Herbert – University of Sydney
Leesa Pratt – ORCCA
Josey Sharrad - IFAW
Peter Stathis & Shona Lorigan (NSW National Parks and Wildlife)
Vanessa Barratt & Kylie Piper (Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife)
What is Wildlife Heroes?
Wildlife Heroes launched in NSW in October 2019. The project is managed by the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife,and aims to provide wildlife
volunteers with the tools and knowledge they need to continue their important work rescuing and rehabilitating native wildlife. It will also give support
to private veterinary practices whose services are critical to the treatment of animals requiring care.
Wildlife Heroes aims to increase the capacity of the wildlife rehabilitation sector to meet ongoing community demands for assistance with wildlife, meet
improved animal care standards and ensure the ongoing sustainability of the sector.
This project has been assisted by the New South Wales Government through its Environmental Trust.
National Wildlife Heroes Program
In February 2020 the Commonwealth Government announced the Wildlife Heroes program would receive funding to support wildlife volunteer groups and rescuers
As well as the Foundation’s role in the supply of necessities for emergency responders including safety equipment, animal food and formula, fuel vouchers,
first aid equipment, medications and outdoor work equipment, the Morrison Government funding will assist in longer term care and release projects.
Importantly, $150,000 of the Australian Government funding will be used for mental health services to care for our inspirational carers who have witnessed
some incredible trauma through their efforts.