Wildlife Aid is seeking new members who are passionate about Australian wildlife and live in the Upper Hunter region (Singleton, Muswellbrook and Upper Hunter shires) who are able to care for macropods and provide a suitable ‘soft release site’ for Eastern Grey Kangaroos, Red Necked Wallabies and Swamp Wallabies. Typically, when a macropod reaches 3 to 4kg it needs to reside at a site where there are carers who can feed 2 to 3 times a day, and provide peaceful enclosures for animals of different ages which are safe from predators such as foxes, wild and domestic dogs, and traffic. The commitment to each joey can be up to 6 months depending on site and size of mob. As each joey gets older, feeding requirements become less demanding and it becomes more independent and is eventually released.
Wildlife Aid have been rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing Australian wildlife in the Upper Hunter region (from Singleton, through to Merriwa and Murrurundi) for over twenty years. They are a not-for-profit organisation that relies heavily on donations and grants. Members who offer a release site must live in the Upper Hunter as rehabilitated animals need to be released back into the environment that Wildlife Aid are licensed to protect.
Membership is $25 a year which includes a license to care for Australian wildlife, and insurance for any incidents that may occur while conducting wildlife care duties. Members have access to training, mentorship and subsidised feed. Members must be 18 years old or over.
New members without a release site also provide value to the group and are welcome to join. They may support the 24/7 hotline, help with fundraising and administration, rescue and care for other species such as wombats, possums, birds, bats and reptiles.
Being a macropod carer is demanding and very rewarding.