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Assisting Wildlife after Bushfires


Significant areas of native vegetation in the Shire are currently being impacted by Bushfires (Summer 2019-2020).


Bushfire has direct and indirect effects on native wildlife. Some animals die in a fire and other animals that survive can struggle to find habitat and food for a while. Despite the often confronting image of burnt bushland immediately following a fire, there always is bushland within the landscape areas which remain unburnt. These areas act as refuges for native wildlife and enable wildlife populations to re-establish in burnt areas over time. Small unburnt refuge areas also can be found in most bushfire effected vegetation.


It's a natural feeling for us to want to help wildlife which have survived a fire. 


The most valuable action we can take is to ensure that any injured native animals are quickly reported and taken into care if possible. See links and info below on how to do this. 


In times of natural disaster when natural food resources are scarce, you may also want to help by providing food and water until nature recovers. This NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service webpage provides advice on what to do.



Care and Rehabilitation of Injured Wildlife in Wingecarribee Shire


The Southern Highlands is home to a number of remarkable people that devote a significant part of their lives to caring for and rehabilitating our sick and injured native animals.


Kitty-Koala

Whilst rehabilitating animals such as koalas, birds, wombats, and kangaroos is often a very enjoyable and personally satisfying activity, it is worth remembering that there are significant financial costs associated with this work, i.e; purchasing medicines, blankets, food, fuel, cages, enclosures, etc. 


Click here for southern highlands koala update



Report Sick or Injured Wildlife


If you do come across injured wildlife, contact a wildlife care organisation. Only stop and assist an animal if it is safe to do so.


To report sick or injured wildlife, contact:




report a NSW Wildlife rescue now


Wildlife Carers and Treatment Providers


A list of some of the trained & licensed local wildlife carers and treatment providers is given below - community support is always appreciated. 


 SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS - WILDLIFE CARERS
Woody & Kerstin - Native Wildlife Rescue
(under license to Wildlife Rescue South Coast)
Mob: 0412 002 400
Email: richard.woodman7000@gmail.com
Peg McDonald - Higher Ground Raptors
(under license to Wildlife Rescue South Coast)
Tel: 4887 7660
Mob: 0425 842 914
www.highergroundraptors.org
facebook.com/highergroundraptors
Penny Walsh - Iloura Park Wildlife Rehabilitation
(under license to WIRES)
Mob: 0400 324 322
Email: pennywalsh@live.com.au 
Greg Pointing & Justine King - Dimmocks Retreat Wildlife Rehabilitation & Rescue
(under license to Wildlife Rescue South Coast)
Tel: 4883 6889
email@dimmocksretreat.com.au
www.dimmocksretreat.com.au
facebook.com/dimmocksretreat

 WOMBAT MANGE MANAGEMENT (in situ treatment)

John Creighton - Wombat Care Bundanoon

(permit holder with the Wombat Protection Society of Australia)
Mob: 0490 659 245
Email: wombatcarebundanoon@gmail.com




Last Updated: January 16th, 2020
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