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Australian Native Animal Survival Kit

Updated: Jul 21, 2021

Post Stephens Council's Conservation Crew sent out an email last year, that I have reproduced below, as it has some great tips for summer (which is on it's way).

Top 5 Things we can do NOW, to Help our Native Animals:

  1. Prepare an emergency kit to keep in your car including water, a light cloth, a blanket/towel, and a box.

  2. Save a few local wildlife rescue or veterinary contacts in your phone so that you can ring for advice when you need. Such as: WIRES, Wildfire ARC, or WINC.

  3. Leave out water for animals to drink – keep it shallow in a dish that won't tip, and include twigs or rocks so animals can get in and out easily.

  4. Provide/build a nest box or birdhouse, and a shelter from predators and pets - possums and birds are especially at risk, due to the loss of many trees and other habitat (thanks to last year's fires).

  5. Whenever possible, keep dogs and cats inside – it will help keep pets safe and cool, but also, native wildlife will feel safer coming to your backyard for food, water and shelter.

How do you tell if an Animal is Distressed?

They may seem confused and lethargic, and unable to move away quickly if startled. Distressed nocturnal animals (like possums, sugar gliders and some birds) will stay close to the ground during daylight hours. Marsupials (like kangaroos and wallabies) may be found lying down.

Note: Check for joeys! Take a look if you have rescued an adult marsupial.

What to do About Distressed Wildlife:

If you see an animal injured or suffering please contact your local Vet or call WIRES, Wildfire ARC, or WINC.

If you have found an animal who is visibly distressed:

  1. wrap the animal loosely in cloth,

  2. place them in a cardboard box,

  3. then put the box in a dark, quiet, and cool place.

Consider making a donation to local wildlife groups – these wonderful people are working tirelessly to save local species impacted by drought, fire and heatwaves. Consider donating to your local group or wildlife carer as a gift these holidays. You could possibly supply goods such as blankets, towels, syringes, pillow cases and other medical supplies. Check in with them first to see what they might need.

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