Last month we were happy to welcome three new sanctuaries to the Wildlife Land Trust, totalling 258 hectares of preserved habitat for wildlife! One of our newest sanctuaries is Tullymorgan, a woodland and rainforest property providing habitat for kingfishers, gliders, turtles and wallabies. 

Bushfires

This year’s bushfire season was unprecedented in its intensity, severity and impact on wildlife, but seasons like this are likely to become more common in the future. Humane Society International has submitted key recommendations to the Bushfire Royal Commission for better wildlife rescue responses, coordination and support for carers on the frontline.

As part of our bushfire recovery program we’re also reviewing the experiences of people in the wildlife sector to help guide future disaster responses. Read more in our blog:  https://hsi.org.au/blog/learning-from-our-bushfire-trauma

Wildlife Lands

Between the bushfires and the COVID-19 lockdown, our next edition of Wildlife Lands has been quite delayed – our sincere apologies for the hold up! We’re currently working on an updated design and should have the newsletter out to print by June.

HSI news

HSI has supported over 70 fire-affected wildlife carers this year, but one carer’s story in particular has touched us. Donna Stepan, a WLT member and owner of Sleepy Burrows wombat sanctuary, has worked non-stop to care for wombats in the wake of severe fires and droughts. HSI’s bushfire response funding has improved Donna’s sanctuary and ensured that she’ll be able to continue caring for wombats, and now her story is helping us fight for better support for wildlife carers as well as native species. Read more here.