What we do...
- Rescue and foster care of native wildlife
- Becoming a wildlife carer
- Becoming a release site for rehabilitated wildlife
- Care of native wildlife in drought conditions
- Creating wildlife habitat in your garden
- Responsible supplimentary feeding & watering of wildlife
Irene Darlington is a very active foster carer and rescuer for sick, injured or orphaned native wildlife, and she also plays an active role as coordinator for many veterinary surgeries and animal organisations to facilitate the rescue and foster care of wildlife.
It is very important to have native wildlife rescued and placed into care as soon as possible. Every species has different needs and very often it is found that well meaning individuals hang onto the orphaned, sick or injured animals with good intentions, however, they jeopardize the animal’s chance of full recovery the longer they take to pass it onto an experienced foster carer in that species. People must realize that a bird, for example, with a broken wing, may have a full chance of recovery if the wing is set or pinned properly as soon a possible after the initial injury. So often there are people who fail to surrender the bird until weeks after the injury when the break has already set in the wrong position. The same can be said for orphaned animals or sick ones where issues arise from human imprinting incorrect diets, territoriality, infections and many other problems.
There are people who are prepared to be telephoned after hours and to respond to the rescue and care of native wildlife, such as a possum injured from a hit and run incident at eleven o’clock at night. This is the network of carers and rescues that Irene works with.
If you are interested in becoming a wild carer or rescuer please contact Irene! If you are unable to assist with the rescue and foster care of wildlife, but you reside on acreage and you would like to become a release site for some species, please telephone for further information.
Care of Native Wildlife in Drought Conditions
Drought has a devastating effect on our native fauna and on our gardens, which provide habitat, feeding grounds, shelter and homes for all our residential wildlife.
During drought conditions, it is very important to make sure that you provide multiple water bowls for the visiting wildlife. Keep watering bowls scrubbed, cleaned and water replaced daily. Place the water containers in your garden where cats and dogs will not be able to access the visiting wildlife easily.
Creating habitat for wildlife in our gardens by planting native plant species is an important long term solution to the care and preservation of native animals. Native plant species provide shelter, habitat and a nourishing food source for visiting wildlife. For example, grevilleas and bottle brush trees are a food source for pollen, nectar, new shoots, bark and insects.
Responsible assisted feeding is another way to assist in the care & preservation of wildlife during times of drought.
Normally people are discouraged from providing supplementary food to native wildlife. Artificial food sources can lack proper nourishment value which can cause mal-nourishment and disease in wildlife. For instance, mince for meat eating birds, or bread and honey for lorikeets does more damage that good. Supplementing native food sources can result in an increase in wildlife populations, which the natural environment in your area can not support once you stop the feeding for whatever reason.
However, within the grips of this severe drought, a level of supplementary feeding is warranted. They important point is to be well educated on healthy nourishing supplementary food for particular species. For example, Wombaroo Insectivore Mix is added to mince to make a nutritionally balanced feed for meat eating birds and proper lorikeet and honey eater mix, wet or dry, should be provided for honey eaters, instead of bread and honey. For further details or suggestions on appropriate feeding of native wildlife, you can give me a ring.
During seasons that are unusually dry and warm many species of native wildlife will continue breeding. Consequently, when checking wildlife injured on the road, remember to check the pouches of marsupials for infant animals. Pouched young can survive for several days after the death of their mother.