The majority of orphans coming to Jarake Wildlife Sanctuary are Wombats, Kangaroos, Red-necked wallabies and Swamp wallabies.
The variety of rescues are vast and include anything from small furless joeys to large adult male kangaroos. The methods are as diverse and tailored to the species, age of the victim, location, time of the year and the reason it needs to be rescued.
One of the most upsetting tasks are all the road checks we do every couple of days. Too often animals are hit unnecessary. Driving at a slower speed, being aware and observant especially at dawn and dusk can avoid many collisions and save lives.
Many of the animals rescued are unfortunately injured and in shock. Head trauma, fractured limbs, spinal injuries, dislocations, abrasions, bruises and many other internal injuries are sadly common after motor vehicle collision, dog attacks, fencing injuries etc.
After raising each orphan for up to 18 months, saying goodbye feels like an achievement. We do of course get very close to each individual animal but their time has come and our job is supposed to be done.
Mange is one of the biggest threats to wombats and can wipe out isolated colonies in just a few years. It is caused by an infestation of the mite, Sarcoptes Scabiei, that buries into the tissue while depositing eggs as well as leaving her waste behind, leading to the eventual death of the wombat.
Logging in our State Forests are inevitable. We exposed the Forestry Corporation’s appalling and ignorant practices and have since worked for better outcomes. In conjunction with the Forestry corporation we have developed the Glenbog Guidelines.
All profit from the sale of our hand-made wildlife teats at www.wildlifeteats.com are used by the Charity’s high running costs for feed, fuel, equipment, car expenses etc…..