Partnership with WIRES
WIRES mission is to actively rehabilitate and preserve Australian wildlife and inspire others to do the same.
WIRES (NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service Inc.) has been rescuing and caring for wildlife for almost 35 years and is the largest wildlife rescue organisation in Australia. WIRES has over 3,000 volunteers in 28 NSW branches involved in the rescue and care of wildlife, and we have a dedicated Rescue Office that operates 24/7, 365 days a year assisting the community to help native animals in distress.
WIRES is passionate about supporting smaller volunteer organisations in the wildlife sector with the same mission, as well as Universities, Veterinary Associations and other leading scientific and environmental groups. In that last 5 years WIRES has been working with organisations including: WWF Australia, National Parks Association, Humane Society International, The Wilderness Society, Nature Conservation Council, Birdlife, RSPCA, Animal Welfare League and IFAW and we thank these organisations for their significant ongoing contribution to the wildlife rehabilitation sector.
Currently WIRES presence is primarily in NSW where we are responding to tens of thousands of rescues each year. WIRES receives around 170,000 calls annually to our 1300 line including thousands of interstate calls, and in the last financial year WIRES provided rescue advice and assistance for over 100,000 native animals.
WIRES also plays a major role in community wildlife education with over 5 million unique visitors to our site in the last financial year, over 4 million of these in January 2020. In response to the tragic toll of the catastrophic fires, extreme weather and drought on wildlife, WIRES is actively pursuing significant opportunities to help wildlife more broadly across Australia, including partnering on projects to improve long-term outcomes for native animals.
Huntress the Koala Success Story
Huntress is one of the koalas rescued in January 2020 near the bushfire destroyed areas of the Blue Mountain National Park. She is two years old and was originally rescued by an office duty police officer. Huntress was in acute renal failure and was suffering from a bacterial infection which is extremely aggressive.
Multiple vets thought she would be unlikely to survive the infection, or the systemic antibiotic treatment but she defied the odds and was able to be released late May after being in care with WIRES for 127 days.
Huntress and a number of other koalas who survived the fires in the Hawkesbury and Blue Mountains areas have been cared for by WIRES koala carer, Morgan.
WIRES Blog Link
For anymore information about our partnership with WIRES please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.