Survival Kit for Native Animals

7 months ago

With the hot dry weather set to worsen this week, we have put together some simple ideas you can do to help our native wildlife get through the Christmas period.

1. Leave out dishes or tubs of water – keep it shallow or include twigs or rocks so animals can get in and out easily.

2. Build a next box or birdhouse. Encourage wildlife to reside in safe areas by providing a shelter from predators and pets. With the loss of many trees and other habitat due to fire, a nest box close to water is a great option for our possums and birds this summer.

3. Keep dogs and cats indoors – not only will this help keep your pets safe and cool, it will enable our native wildlife better access to your backyard for food, water and shelter.

4. Look out for distressed wildlife – If you see an animal injured or suffering please contact your local Vet or call Hunter Wildlife Rescue, WIRES, Wildfire A.R.C, or WINC (hover over group names for web link).

If you have found an animal who is visibly distressed wrap the animal loosely in cloth and place them in a cardboard box, before placing the box in a dark, quiet, and cool place.

Distressed animals may appear confused and lethargic and not move away quickly (or at all) if startled. Nocturnal animals such as possums, sugar gliders and certain bird species will be close to the ground during daylight hours if they are distressed. Kangaroos and wallabies may be found lying down.

5. Prepare an emergency kit to keep in your car including water, a blanket/towel, and a box — and save a few local wildlife rescue or veterinary contacts in your phone so that you can ring for advice if you need it.

Tip: Marsupials may be carrying young in their pouches! Have a look if you have rescued an adult animal.

6. Consider making a donation to one of our local wildlife groups – these wonderful people are working tirelessly to save local species impacted by drought, fire and heatwaves. If you can spare some funds this Christmas consider donating to your local group or wildlife carer. You could possibly supply goods such as blankets, syringes, pillow cases and other medical supplies. However, be sure to check in with them first to see what they might need.

If you would like any further information contact PSC's Environmental Officer on email –jessica.morris@portstephens.nsw.gov.au
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