Shelter needs more volunteers

Wildlife carer Dallas Bird with a baby possum.
Wildlife carer Dallas Bird with a baby possum.

The centre relies on a team of about 80 volunteers to look after more than 1000 animals, which are admitted each year, according to executive co-ordinator Michelle Hazelwood.

‘We need as many committed people as we can find,’ she said. ‘Uni starts back soon and we are likely to lose some really great members.’

Many of the shelter’s joey admissions are the result of their mothers having been involved in vehicle accidents.

The birds in the shelter’s care are often the victims of vehicle trauma too or people have picked them up after they have become separated from their parents, making them vulnerable to domestic pets.

Increased land development and human activity is also resulting in wildlife displacement and injury, Mrs Hazelwood said.

Animals, which can be rehabilitated, receive ongoing care at the shelter until they are ready to be released back into their own environment.

There are currently about 90 animals in the shelter’s care, which includes kangaroo joeys, possums, bobtails and a variety of birds.

Volunteers are required to provide basic care to the native wildlife, which primarily involves a lot of feeding and cleaning.

Orientation sessions are held monthly for anyone who may be interested in volunteering.

An after-hour, seven-day-a-week Wildcare Helpline is available.

Call 9474 9055 if an animal is found to be in need of help.

The helpline has contacts for wildlife rehabilitators and wildlife-friendly vet clinics all over WA.

People interested in volunteering can contact the volunteer co-ordinator via the website volunteers@darlingrangewild or call 0400 802 409.

Full training is given.