Mikey's mum was hit and killed by a truck. He was thrown from his mums pouch onto the road. He was lucky to survive, but sustained a fracture to his Pelvis. After many months of care, he has now recovered and can enjoy time with our mob. Grow big Mikey!
They returned to find their kangaroo enclosures destroyed and the surrounding forests scorched, with many animals they had cared for over the years undoubtedly having perished in the fires.
HSI quickly provided funding for burn medication and food for the remaining animals and worked with Peter and Mimi to build new fences around the property to keep soft-released kangaroos safe from cars and dog attacks. We also provided two shelters to protect joeys from the elements, and a water tank to replace the one destroyed in the fires and ensure wildlife in care had vital access to water.
When the fires burnt through our wildlife sanctuary this year, a small but dedicated group from New Zealand came to the rescue. They are HUHANZ (Helping you help Animals) and led by the amazing Carolyn Press Mckenzie. The latest episode of Country Calender aired on New Zealand TV last Sunday showcasing the incredible work they did here and continue to do in their homeland. For those of us outside New Zealand, we can now watch it on YouTube. Thanks HUHANZ, keep up the great work.
Snowy Monaro Regional Council has passed on the $5,000 grant to help Peter's wildlife rescue program recover and to support the sanctuary's ongoing work in caring for injured native animals. Peter has received the grant through the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements program. "I'm so glad to have received this funding, it is very good news," Peter said. "Thank you for the assistance. The funding will help rebuild what we lost and further the work we can do to support injured wildlife."
Upon returning to the property following their bushfire escape, Peter and Mimi quickly began treating injured wildlife. They were helped by New Zealand organisation HUHA (Helping You Help Animals) who established a triage clinic at the sanctuary. Supported by Snowy Monaro based wildlife rescue group LAOKO (Looking After Our Kosciuszko Orphans), Peter and Mimi have been able to release treated animals back into the Tantawangalo State Forest. "We were fortunate to have been assisted by HUHA and LAOKO," Peter said. "Assistance also came from the Humane Society, who straight away provided us with funds to rebuild our fences to ensure the animals are kept safe before their release."
Peter and Mimi have been with BlazeAid's Bombala camp to repair their damaged fencing. The BlazeAid volunteers have built fences designed for the sanctuary. Wombat gates and high fences are keeping the native animals safe. "Thanks to BlazeAid I can sleep at night knowing the animals are safe," Peter said. BlazeAid volunteers enjoyed their time at sanctuary, learning more about Australia's native animals and how the sanctuary is used to rehabilitate injured wildlife.
The ABC news have aired a report about our struggle to get help for the injured wildlife we rescued after the bushfire.