WIRES carer Colleen Waldon feeds a red-necked wallaby in her care.
WIRES carer Colleen Waldon feeds a red-necked wallaby in her care. Adam Hourigan

Learn the skills needed to help native animals

WIRES has put out a plea to members of the Clarence Valley community to consider volunteering to help save the lives of native animals in the local area.

The organisation is holding an accredited Rescue and Immediate Care Course on May 15 at Grafton where local residents can learn the basics of native animal care from professional trainers and fellow volunteers.

Local volunteer Patricia Edwards has been a WIRES member for over 20 years and is caring for two whiptail wallaby joeys which are almost ready to go back into their natural environment.

The first joey nicknamed 'Sherrie' was rescued after being thrown from her mother's pouch and weighing less than 800g and the other, nicknamed Darvla, was rescued after her mother was hit by a car.

"Sherrie and Darvla are now firmly bonded and we'll be releasing them together" said Edwards.

"It's just so rewarding to be able to rescue and rehabilitate these beautiful creatures for future generations to enjoy, I've enjoyed every minute of my two decades of volunteer work with WIRES"

Get more information about the course at wires.org.au or email training@wires.org.au.



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