Alarmingly, Wildlife Trauma Season is now upon us. August and September signal the start of wildlife breeding season which sees a dramatic increase in the number of wildlife on the move. Adult koalas disperse quite far from their home range, and it’s not uncommon for recently-hatched baby birds to fall out of flimsy nests when strong weather hits.
At the same time, the warmer weather brings dogs and cats outdoors more often – ready to chase the native animals they encounter. All of this vastly increases the risk of accidents and injury to our precious wildlife.
This means that as the only dedicated wildlife facility in Queensland, with specialist wildlife vets and nurses onsite 24/7, the number of animals coming into our care during Spring rises exponentially. On any given day our specialised wildlife team can have 150 to 220 precious native animals in their care, with an overwhelming 50-100 new animals arriving daily …
… and many of these new arrivals are wildlife babies who have been orphaned – with no mother to take care of their needs.
Will you please help look after our wildlife babies this trauma season by helping to provide everything they need when their mothers can’t?
The needs of wildlife are very different to the needs of domestic animals, meaning that RSPCA must maintain a separate dedicated facility to house and treat them. Medical equipment, surgical treatment, and intensive nursing care for wildlife is very expensive. Feeding and caring for such a large number of animals with such as vast array of needs in a short space of time puts a huge amount of pressure on our resources.
We urgently need to purchase more medical equipment and supplies to ensure that we are ready to immediately treat every single animal who arrives at our Wildlife Hospital this Spring.
You gift today can help ensure that the RSPCA Wildlife Hospital is adequately resourced during this busy period with the essential consumables used daily such as bandages and medications, or it could help purchase specialised equipment such as humidicribs.
We couldn’t help all these beautiful animals without the help of our volunteer carers who look after our wildlife babies in their home until they are well enough to be released back into their natural habitat or move to the next stage in their rehabilitation such as ‘Koala Kindy’. The animals identify and bond with these carers as if they were their real mum.
Unfortunately not all of our supporters are in a position to be a practical ‘hands-on’ foster mum like they are. But instead, you can be a different type of ‘mum’ to these beautiful wildlife babies. You can help look after them when their mother can’t by providing financial support to buy the essential practical items and medical care these babies need to grow up healthy and confident.
I really hope you can help us save the thousands of wildlife animals which will come into our Wildlife Hospital during trauma season this Spring. It is only with your support that we can continue to save as many animals as we do.