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A dedicated wildlife sanctuary and rehabilitation site for macropods

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Rae Harvey is the owner of Wild 2 Free, a property situated in Runnyford, approximately 5km west of Batemans Bay, New South Wales. The property is a dedicated wildlife sanctuary as well as a wildlife shelter for the rehabilitation of eastern grey kangaroos and wallabies. Rae intends to preserve the property’s native habitat as a sanctuary for kangaroos and other native species. She also has plans to expand the wildlife rehabilitation program to her other property, Illawambra, in the future.

The property is bordered on three sides by the Clyde River, Waterfall Creek and mudflats, which provide mineral rich soils on the riparian zones. Covering 27 hectares, the property consist of 50% pasture and 50% native bushland, and features three dams which provide water for wildlife.

Vegetation on the property consists largely of eucalypt woodland interspersed with black wattle (Acacia mearnsii), she-oak (Casuarina spp.) and other native species. 

A wide variety of wildlife can be found on the property including eastern grey kangaroos (Macropus giganteus), red-necked (Macropus rufogriseus) and swamp (Wallabia bicolor) wallabies, brushtail possums (Trichosurus vulpecula), sugar gliders (Petaurus breviceps), common death adders (Acanthophis antarcticus), red-bellied black snakes (Pseudechis porphyriacus), lace monitors (Varanus varius) and a range of native frogs.

A vast array of birdlife is also present including various owls, tawny frogmouths (Podargus strigoides), rainbow lorikeets (Trichoglossus moluccanus), king parrots (Alisterus scapularis), galahs (Eolophus roseicapilla), eastern (Platycercus eximius) and crimson (Platycercus elegans) rosellas, corellas (Licmetis spp.), wood (Chenonetta jubata) and Pacific black ducks (Anas superciliosa), grey butcher birds (Cracticus torquatus), magpies (Cracticus tibicen), ravens (Corvus coronoides), laughing kookaburras (Dacelo novaeguineae), brown cuckoo-doves (Macropygia phasianella), wonga pigeons (Leucosarcia melanoleuca), white ibises (Threskiornis molucca), pelicans (Pelecanus conspicillatus), honeyeaters and darters.

A variety of cockatoos including sulphur-crested (Cacatua galerita), glossy black (Calyptorhynchus lathami), gang-gang (Callocephalon fimbriatum) and yellow-tailed black (Calyptorhynchus funereus) cockatoos live on the property. Raptors such as peregrine falcons (Falco peregrinus), wedge-tailed eagles (Aquila audax) and white-bellied sea eagles (Haliaeetus leucogaster) also frequent the area.

Property Name Wild 2 Free
Property Size 27 hectares
Property Features Wildlife Carer, Wildlife Release Site
Owners Rae Harvey
Member Since 2018
Website http://wild2free.org.au/
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