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Article about Flying-foxes

Here’s a great article and information on Flying-foxes

One quarter of all mammal species in the world are bats, which belong to the order Chiroptera, meaning ‘handwinged’.Bats can be divided into two suborders:

  • Megabats (Megachiroptera), which includes flying-foxes, as well as the lesser known tubenosed bats andblossom bats.
  • Microbats (Microchiroptera), which are smaller insectivorous bats. Megabats differ greatly from microbats (see Table 1 in the attached article); their main similarities are that they are the only winged mammals and are primarily nocturnal.

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Reptile Enclosure Report

NWC 2016 Grants – Reptile Enclosure Report – Rowan Wigmore, Northern Rivers Wildlife Carers

Thanks to the NWC for a grant of $1000.00 to make a reptile enclosure. The fund request was submitted for an enclosure and accoutrements which came to a little over $1000. When I came to source the products I was overwhelmed by the generosity of local businesses when I informed them of what I was making and that it was for wildlife rehabilitation. (more…)

2016 Ticks, Carers & Wildlife

As wildlife rehabilitators, conscious of the doctrine to “do no harm”, we need to do all we can to ensure our young wildlife charges get the opportunity to be exposed to ticks as young as possible.

Read the attached PDF document about the Paralysis Tick for Carers & Wildlife

Strategic Wombat 2017

The Wombat Protection Society of Australia is pleased to announce a conference to further knowledge, update understanding and develop strategies for the protection and preservation of



2016 NWC grant winners

The winners of the NWC 2016 rehabilitation grants have been announced. The winners are:

  1. Christine Parkes – Snowy Mountains Wildlife Rescue-LAOKO
  2. Julie Shean, Australian Seabird Rescue
  3. Rowan Wigmore, Northern Rivers Wildlife Carers
  4. Philip and Belinda Donovan, Wildlife Rescue South Coast
  5. Carole-Ann McGarry, Hunter Wildlife Rescue-NATF

Full details can be found below


Wombat Enclosure Report

Date Granted: 29 August 2016

Grant Number: 4

Grant Recipient: Philip and Belinda Donovan

Project Description: Wombat Enclosure Facility

First 3 monthly – PROGRESS REPORT:

When the grant application was submitted in July 2016, three of the proposed six wombat enclosures had been completed to the point they could safely enclose wombats in care. Since the application was submitted, we have hired the services of an excavator to dig trenching along the perimeter fence of the remainder of the entire area enclosing the six individual wombat enclosures. This involved six and half hours of excavation work that was carried out by local excavating contractor: Turtle Earthworks at a rate of $80: per hour bringing the cost of excavation hire to a total of $520.00 (Receipt attached)

This subsequently enabled the vertical extension of the fence down until a layer of shale rock was encountered at a depth of approximately 1 metre encountered consistently around the entire remainder of the perimeter fence. This involved fixing sheets of iron onto the lower horizontal beam of the existing perimeter fence and down into the excavated trench. Starting at one end, the sheets were sequentially laid and secured to the lower wooden horizontal beams. A pre-existing double gate entrance was decreased to half its original size and the original other half was converted into an extension of the fixed fencing which also extended vertically into the ground.

Many hours of labour were involved in securing the iron sheets to the fence and even more to transfer the excavated clay back into the excavated trench. This aspect of the task is only half completed so far, but once the area was deemed escape proof and safe, the four wombats previously housed in the nursery were successfully transferred into the new larger enclosure. In due course, this larger enclosure will be divided into the final 3 to complete the six enclosures.

As the new year progresses, I will need to purchase ongoing timber, fixings and further excavation hire to complete the task.

Rest assured the grant is very much appreciated and I can guarantee it will be spent wisely in the 2017 year to complete this wombat facility. I hope you are satisfied that the grant is being will spent as it will contribute to this much-needed facility as we continue to rehabilitate and care for more of our injured and orphaned wombats.

Yours Sincerely

Phil and Belinda Donovan

Kangaroo cull unlawful

The kangaroo cull in Canberra last year was unlawful, an ACT Supreme Court Justice says.

Earlier this year Chris Klootwijk, 71, was found guilty in the ACT Magistrates Court of disrupting a kangaroo cull in Wanniassa last July after he blew a whistle and yelled while officials were shooting.

He pleaded not guilty and during his hearing it was revealed the licence for the cull had been invalid.

On Thursday, Justice Michael Elkaim overturned the conviction saying if the licence was not valid, “it must follow that the cull itself was not lawful”.

Justice Elkaim said Mr Klootwijk could not be unlawfully hindering the cull if the cull itself was unlawful.

Read the full article at http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-21/canberra-kangaroo-cull-in-2015-was-unlawful-justice-says/7648890