"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted"
What you can do to care for orphaned, injured and manged Wombats devastated by drought, bushfires and floods.
It has been challenging in the past few years, to say the least. Facing a global pandemic has been tough and at times all consuming. As a result, it has been all too easy to loose sight of the natural disasters we've faced. First a long draught and then the terrible bushfires of 2019/2020 followed by extensive and ongoing floods. Let's not forget the devastating affect these weather events have had, and still has to this day, on our beautiful native wildlife.
Drought, bushfire and flooding has had a disastrous affect on Wombats but they are also becoming over run with sarcoptic mange, a mite that causes the worst suffering any species has ever endured. Without treatment they face a slow, agonising death.
We are raising money to purchase mange treatment. One batch can treat around 35 wombats but it costs over $1000. There is no ongoing government funding.
We have a deep love for all animals and we celebrate the beauty of these iconic Aussie natives who are gentle, intelligent and resilient.
Thank you for your support, we are so grateful.
Bushfire causes the complete destruction of the Wombats natural habitat meaning they have no access to food or water or protection from the elements and predators.
When a tree dies due to bushfire, the root system can no longer support the Wombat burrow, heavy rain and flood causes the burrows to collapse. Often Wombats drown in their burrows or inhale muddy water trying to escape.
Mange, the ugly truth
Mange is caused by a parasitic mite the Wombats pick up in their cool, humid burrows. The mite burrows under the skin of the Wombat, causing severe itching, hair and weight loss. Scabs and lesions from scratching turn into open wounds that bleed, become infected and eventually spread to the Wombat's eyes and ears causing blindness and deafness. They can't sleep, eat or drink. The Wombats die from dehydration and malnourishment, after enduring excruciating pain...
The good news? It is possible to cure a Wombat with as little as two treatments, even in the most manged state. That's where the amazing volunteer wildlife carers come in ... they administer medication either by pouring it onto the Wombat's back or by installing a 'burrow flap' designed to administer medication when the Wombats enters or exits the burrow. Aside from medicating and monitoring the Wombats, volunteers also pump out flooded burrows, supply food and water to bushfire affected areas and sets up shelter outside of burrows that have caved in.
What we can do to help
Just $40 - $50 is enough to treat one Wombat for mange. That's why we are raising funds to send to our wonderful volunteer wildlife care groups. The way we see it, every $50 raised is another Wombat's life saved... we can make a big difference! Donations can be made directly to our Paypal account through the link below.
We also take donations for pre-loved dog kennels, they provide protection for wombats who have lost their home from the elements and predators. If you have an old dog kennel you are happy to part with, please send us a message and let us know!