Rocklily Slideshow about us & being a wildlife carer

This slideshow was made to show at the recent Wombeyan Caves Festival. We made it to encourage people to do the right thing. We hope it might even inspire some to become wildlife carers, or to help out at Rocklily or other wildlife refuges.  It's a bit of a mix, hope you enjoy!
Rocklily, an island in a sea of bush.
Children's books have a lot to answer for, my son thought wombats were great to stew! (only joking) 
Wombat plasticicus doesn't often attack, despite media stories! But real, wild wombats have sharp teeth and biting is the only defense, so best stay away.
Wildlife care can be hart warming and heart breaking, this is little Kate.
 
 These probably died out as caveman made them into pets... 
Wildlife camera photos (except the pussy cat) the parks of Australia abound in introduced 'feral' animals, they all make short work of our smaller and mid sized wildlife We wont use baits as besides being an gruesome death we have no proof the do not effect scavenger species such as quolls and wedge tailed eagles, we actually know of one that was poisoned by 1080 locally 2 years ago.  These need to be managed regardless and in the most humane way possible.
 There are no herds of wombats, just herds of people pushing the worlds animals to the brink
When it is safe to do so, get an adult to move right away from the road.
[caption id="attachment_1710" align="aligncenter" width="841"] Keeping an small old pillowcase, sissors and a plastic water bottle that can be filled with luke warm water(no warmer than you) ensures the joey has a good chance, ring the local wildlife group... IFAW has a great app for this for NSW,[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1711" align="aligncenter" width="841"] Larger wild animals need proper restraint, they can bit, kick and be a great danger to the driver. Do not put an echidna in the boot or your car, just move it to the other side of the road, use your cars floor mat to scoupe it up and move it.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1712" align="aligncenter" width="841"] Wombats stay with mum for 2 years till there about 20kg.. Wallaby joeys and kangaroo's a similar time before they make their own way. This is one of the few (under 300) critically endangered Northern hairy nosed wombats.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1713" align="aligncenter" width="841"] email or call us we can help you treat wild mangy wombats.[/caption]
 
[caption id="attachment_1714" align="aligncenter" width="841"] photo from internet.. yes they are clever[/caption]
 
[caption id="attachment_1716" align="aligncenter" width="841"] It's better for your fences to make a wombat swing gate. See our PDF on how[/caption]
 
[caption id="attachment_1717" align="aligncenter" width="841"] wombats are not so silly...well sometimes there not[/caption]
 
[caption id="attachment_1718" align="aligncenter" width="841"] and to them your house is their burrow.. so they will become a problem for others when released[/caption]
 
[caption id="attachment_1720" align="aligncenter" width="841"] and have their own personalities, and feelings, like all animals..[/caption]
 
[caption id="attachment_1722" align="aligncenter" width="841"] someones pet.. she didnt make it in the wild..[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1723" align="aligncenter" width="841"] 2hrly to once a day, washing bottles, making milk, washing bags.. a busy but often very rewarding job[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_1726" align="aligncenter" width="841"] cheeky wombats, are stronger than you think, and can smell watermellon thru a shut fridge door![/caption]
 
[caption id="attachment_1731" align="aligncenter" width="841"] In your backyard you can care for WILD life locally by...[/caption]
 
[caption id="attachment_1733" align="aligncenter" width="841"] whole flocks of birds die in winter.. fed honey and bread by well meaning people, they stave to death as they are too full of 'junk food' to eat what will sustain them. Sunflower seeds are like bird chocolate.. too many and they cant fly. Feeding possums bread changes their gut flora and they too starve to death unable to process the leaves and flowers they should be eating..[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1734" align="aligncenter" width="841"] this is what you can do..[/caption]
 
[caption id="attachment_1736" align="aligncenter" width="841"] wildlife carers can help, do not try and kill them yourselves.. that's the way most get bitten[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1737" align="aligncenter" width="841"] another fun job wildlife carers do..[/caption]
By their carer, who they see as mum.. or dad..
[caption id="attachment_1739" align="aligncenter" width="841"] even use dummies.. when feeling stressed[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1740" align="aligncenter" width="841"] you dont need to spend a fortune[/caption]
 
To defuse a large kangaroo standing up on his tail at you, blow in his face and squat down he quickly sits back down and hats having the wind in his face !
[caption id="attachment_1745" align="aligncenter" width="841"] hard work sometimes...[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1747" align="aligncenter" width="841"] our first wombats to go thru our new soft release wombatorium.. doing it ourselves now rather than passing on to others as we have over the years[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_1750" align="aligncenter" width="841"] we take our wombats for walks to eat and know the area[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1751" align="aligncenter" width="841"] they get tired too...[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1752" align="aligncenter" width="841"] we have working bee's to help us build..[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1753" align="aligncenter" width="841"] shade cloth as hail and shade protection, till the trees grow[/caption]
 
[caption id="attachment_1757" align="aligncenter" width="841"] Swamp wallaby Bob and Red Necked wallaby Ned[/caption]
 
[caption id="attachment_1760" align="aligncenter" width="841"] See Ned and Bob's stories in what we care for[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1763" align="aligncenter" width="841"] A rare visit from Bob months after his release[/caption]
 
[caption id="attachment_1765" align="aligncenter" width="841"] We try and we learn.. we make sure we do no harm. John the red necked wallaby had been bitten by a snake on his hand.. he was doing well for three weeks, went from blind, no smell to grazing and seeing us in someway. While out for a few hours we think a dog came around and scared him over the primary school fencing. It was one straw to many he went into full myopathy and we did the kindest thing.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1768" align="aligncenter" width="841"] working bee's always fun[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1769" align="aligncenter" width="841"] drinks after the hard work...[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1770" align="aligncenter" width="841"] A portable release pen a few km's down the track, gibing more wombats a chance to be truly wild. We monitor with camera's the pen and local burrow's so know what's happening.[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_1774" align="aligncenter" width="841"] more animal's more working bee's[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1775" align="aligncenter" width="841"] 30km, hand raised, not released as they had no wombatorium or suitable location.. Wildbers living wild, under our shed and very very slowly getting the hang of being a wild wombat.[/caption]
 
[caption id="attachment_1777" align="aligncenter" width="841"] Softly is doing well now[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1778" align="aligncenter" width="841"] 5 new wallabies and kangaroo's keeping us on our toes..[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1779" align="aligncenter" width="841"] The last three o be soft released Lee & Ginny Eastern Grey Kangaroo's and Winnie is a female wallaroo (april 2015)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1780" align="aligncenter" width="841"] Stunner male wallaroo and Annie female wallaroo paired up, both released late january, we have seen stunner a few km's away 2 months later, pleasing.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1781" align="aligncenter" width="841"] lovely pair, now they finally are buddys and not attacking each other[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_1785" align="aligncenter" width="841"] helping us learn what goes on..[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1786" align="aligncenter" width="841"] Initally minded for a friend in another wildlife group, but thinks change so now we need to build another smaller wombatorium, to many wombats.. for what we have[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_1789" align="aligncenter" width="841"] our aim..[/caption]

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