APRIL 2014

Hello to all our Readers

You are all probably wondering what has been happening with the rehabilitation of our local wildlife, as we have not had any articles in the Craytales for some time.  Rest assured, we have been working hard behind the scenes.

Sandy Loveland has been working away in Morowa for the past 18 months, and I have been out of action for 2 years following a motor vehicle accident.  This hasn’t meant that the wildlife caring has suddenly stopped.   Lack of wildlife carers in the immediate area has meant that most of the sick, injured and orphaned wildlife admissions have had to be “farmed out” to other like organisations.   To this end, we are very grateful for the networking which exists between wildlife carer groups.

Several joeys were admitted last year, and were passed on to WA Seabird Rescue in Mandurah,  Malubillai Wildlife Carers in Perth, Darling Range Wildlife Shelter, Greenough Wildlife Park, and Mid-West Carers in Geraldton.   These little orphans have now been successfully rehabilitated and are starting to filter back to Loveland for Wildlife pre-release pens for release when the rains finally come.  Little Millie was admitted in July last year, weighing just 1kg.   She was kindly raised at the Greenough Wildlife Park, and she arrived back in Jurien a couple of weeks’ ago (with her buddies Lilly and Coco) and they should be ready for release in a couple of months when they reach around 12-15kg.   Bear, who was farmed out to WA Seabird Rescue was re-named naughty Leroy Brown, because he was such a naughty little boy, will be arriving back with his buddy, Jimmy, to mob up with the gang on the Anzac Day weekend.  Mukka was a very special little boy, who was rescued from Mukinbudin.  At the time of Mukka’s admission in August last year, he was a very small joey for his age, and it proved difficult to find a “buddy” the same size as him.    We did manage to find Pepper, through the Darling Range Wildlife Shelter, and Mukka and Pepper now enjoy their days mooching around at the Uralla Wildlife Sanctuary near Mount Barker.  Sadly, not all of our wildlife stories have happy endings, and little Jake and Johnny, who were transferred to Geraldton, both died suddenly and unexpectedly just before Xmas.

In return for wildlife carer groups helping out in times of need, Loveland for Wildlife also provide a safe release site for kangaroos from other organisations, from as far South as Mount Barker.   Recently, 3 Euros were transferred to Kenandra (our release site) from Uralla Wildlife Sanctuary, and 2 little orphan Western Grey kangaroos and 3 Euros from Native Animal Rescue.  Some other animals have also been in rehabilitation locally.  These have included 2 seagulls, 2 mudlarks, a Port Lincoln Parrot and 4 pink and grey galahs.  Of these, 1 seagull, 1 mudlark and 1 pink and grey galah were successfully released.  Unfortunately, the other birds had to be euthenased or died due to their injuries and sickness.

A few months’ ago, we mentioned our exciting new Brushtail Possum Rehabilitation/Release programme at Kenandra, which is ideally located adjacent to the Hill River Nature Reserve.  Unfortunately, when our first little possum, Pilot, was ready for release, we were not sufficiently prepared and Pilot was transferred and released at Toodyay.   We now have possum boxes, release aviaries, and infrared cameras to monitor the progress of our possum releases.    Pippa¸ an adult female Brushtail Possum, arrived at our release site on 9th April, ready for her adventure into the big wide world.   We also have a 2nd female possum, with a 400 gram baby possum on her back, who will be arriving in a couple of weeks’ time.    We are hopeful that the baby possum is a male, who, when mature in about 12 months’ time, may mate with Pippa. If the baby turns out to be a female, then we will need to introduce a male to the 3 females, thus the beginning of a new colony of Brushtail Possums.   Possums are very territorial, and we can only locate 1 male possum every half a kilometre or so.

At the moment, we have 5 joeys in the pre-release pen at Kenandra, and Pippa the Possum, as well as a number of resident Western Grey kangaroos and Euros (wallabies) who love some attention, and some even like to pose for the cameras.

Loveland for Wildlife is a not-for-profit charitable organization, which relies solely on membership fees, fund-raising, donations, and grants.   All of our work is voluntary and quite often entails carers being out of pocket for fuel and food costs to care for our beautiful wildlife.   Unfortunately, the Department of Parks & Wildlife has cut grants last year to all WA Wildlife Carers’ groups, including our own organisation.   This means that we have lost quite a large amount of our annual funding, and when we are operating at full capacity, we have to find in the order of $4,000 per year for milk formula, food items and medications for the wildlife in our care.

Please help us make a difference.  If you would like to cuddle or feed a joey and see Pippa the Possum, Loveland for Wildlife will be holding an OPEN DAY on Easter Monday, 21st April, from 1.00pm – 5.00pm.  Devonshire teas will also be available.  Don’t miss this opportunity before these babies are released into the wild.   Bring the kids along – they can also meet Crackers, the talking Cockatoo, who sometimes thinks he is a Kookaburra!   You might even be lucky enough to meet the kangaroo mob “clown”, Webster, who loves to act like a dog, have his belly rubbed, and have his photo taken.

You can find Loveland for Wildlife by travelling up Jurien East Road towards the Brand Highway.  After approx. 15km, turn right onto Munbinea Road, travel approx. 8km and LFW is located just south of the Hill River (look for the blue sign on the left hand side of the road).

We look forward to seeing you at our Open Day – Sheryl Wilson Wildlife Carer.