FNPW’s Wildlife Heroes Project has recognised the important work of wildlife carers by awarding two not-for-profit wildlife veterinary hospitals and 17 wildlife rescue and rehabilitation groups across Australia a total of $804,281.83 of funding through its Wildlife Heroes Large Durable Asset Grants Program.
The Wildlife Heroes Large Durable Asset grant program provides funding to the wildlife rehabilitation sector to help rebuild, improve, or create new major wildlife care infrastructure. Its aim is to increase the wildlife rehabilitation sector’s capacity to respond to emergencies across Australia.
Grant recipients span across Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. These recipients include:
Beechworth Reptile Rescue
Amaris Wildlife Sanctuary Inc
ACT Wildlife Inc.
MINTON FARM ANIMAL RESCUE CENTRE
Stepping Stone Wildlife Shelter
Mosswood Wildlife Inc
Fly By Night Bat Clinic
WILD LIFE WEST INC.
WILDCARE AUSTRALIA INC.
Native ARC Inc
Sydney Wildlife Metropolitan Services
Wildlife Animal Rescue and Care Soc
Southern Cross Wildlife Care
Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital
Kangaroo Protection Co-operative Ltd
Wildlife Rescue South Coast Inc
LAOKO (Looking After Our Kosciusko Orphans)
Wildlife ARC Inc
NSW Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service Incorporated (WIRES)
Some of the large durable assets include:
- Free flight rehabilitation aviaries
- Rehabilitation and pre-release facilities for a variety of native species
- Significant repairs and re-design of existing enclosures
- Emergency Response trailers
- Wildlife emergency triage unit
The grants of between $12,000 and $50,000 will enable licensed volunteer wildlife rehabilitation groups, shelters and not-for-profit veterinary hospitals to acquire larger durable assets for use in the rescue, treatment and rehabilitation of animals as a result of emergency situations.
Feedback from the recipients has been well received:
“We are a small sanctuary who are working 24/7 looking after wildlife and are so incredibly thankful to be awarded a grant to increase our capacity. This will give us an opportunity to give enhanced treatment to animals in our care and we are so excited to begin our project- thank you for recognising our hard work. “
Maggie van Santen – Amaris Wildlife Sanctuary WA
Spring and summer are the busiest time for carers and rehabilitators and with this in mind, the variety of projects aim to be completed over the next six months.
This project was developed in conjunction with the NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service and supported by the NSW Government through its Environmental Trust. With the generous support of the Commonwealth Government, the Wildlife Heroes project was able to extend nationally, offering grants and resources to wildlife volunteers Australia-wide who are responding to emergencies including bushfire and heat stress.
For more information visit FNPW’s Wildlife Heroes Project