This month 6 new members signed up to the Wildlife Land Trust, adding a total of 455 hectares to our network of sanctuaries.

Among these was Highfield Farm and Woodland, a dedicated conservation area and sustainable farm, also home to over 127 native birds as well as gliders, wallabies and wombats!

Bushfires

This month has seen an early and shocking start to the bushfire season, and our thoughts are with everyone affected by the Queensland and NSW blazes. We understand that this is a difficult time for sanctuary owners and wildlife carers in particular, so if you need any assistance with bushfire recovery efforts please don’t hesitate to contact us – we’ll try to help out in any way we can.

Conservation news

This month, wildlife carers, researchers and campaigners convened at the Wombat Mange Symposium Hub to tackle the huge issue of Sarcoptic mange affecting wombats nationwide. I headed there to present a talk on Humane Society International’s history with seeking federal support for the issue and future avenues we can explore to develop a national management plan. To learn more about HSI’s involvement with the fight against mange, read our blog here: https://hsi.org.au/blog/working-for-wombats-a-nation-wide-challenge

Threatened Species Art Competition

This year’s Threatened Species Children’s Art Competition has also just finished up, with the finalists’ exhibitions launched in the Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra Botanic Gardens – they’re free for anyone to visit so be sure to check them out! Details can be found here: https://hsi.org.au/artcomp/category/judging-and-prizes

A Stay Liana

The Wet Tropics of Queensland is undoubtedly one of Australia’s most intriguing natural places, housing some of the most unique species in the world. WLT member Neil Hewett explores the inner workings of his World Heritage-listed sanctuary Cooper Creek Wilderness alongside spectacular photography in his new book, A Stray Liana. Check it out here: https://www.astrayliana.com.au/