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  (02) 4684 1656


24hr Rescue Line for the rescue of injured, sick or orphaned native animals

in the Wollondilly Shire

Wollondilly Koala’s need your help!

Wollondilly Shire Council is launching a “Koala Hotline” and we need the eyes and ears of the local community to help us find out more about this iconic Australian animal.

Despite the first ever recorded European sighting of a Koala occurring near Bargo in 1798, we still know very little about the location, health and numbers of Koala’s in the shire.

This first recorded sighting was by an exploratory party investigating the land south-west of Parramatta. The party was guided by John Wilson, who arrived on the first fleet as a convict and released in 1792, and included John Price, a servant of Governor John Hunter.

Wilson spent several years living in the bush after his release where he made good relations with the local Aborigine’s and was known to them as “Bun–bo-e”. During this time Wilson developed a good knowledge of the local bush and its fauna.

Price kept a journal of the expedition and around January 26th, 1798 he noted the first shooting of a “Pheasant” or Lyrebird, hence the name of the nearby suburb “Pheasants Nest.” Price also referred to an animal called a “Whombatt” and later that day he wrote “there is another animal that the natives call Cullawine, which much resembles the Sloths in America.” Cullawine is the Dharug name for the Koala.

Although Price is noted for the first ‘recorded sighting’ it is highly likely that Wilson was previously familiar with these animals because of his time as the ‘vagabond on the bush’ and his links to the local aboriginal community.

If you spot a koala or find evidence of their activity then give us a call 4677 1100, email any photos and information to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it OR if you find an injured Koala phone Wollondilly WIRES on 4684 1656.

(from: Wollondilly Shire Council website)


Bushfire and wildlife

We would suggest that apart from monetry donations to your local WIRES branch (WIRES Wollondilly), one of the most effective ways people can help is to think about registering now to attend one of our volunteer training courses and become a trained WIRES rescuer or carer. Then if we are faced with catastrophic fires in future you would be in a position to actively assist injured wildlife in the most direct way.

With the forecast heatwave conditions across much of the Wollondilly Shire over the next week you can help wildlife by making fresh, clean water readily available. Feeding is not necessary.

It is also important for people who live in or near areas where fires have been to keep these things in mind to help wildlife in the aftermath:

  • You can leave bowls of water out for animals escaping the fires
  • Keep cats indoors and dogs under control wherever possible
  • Keep a cardboard box and towel in the boot of the car in case you find an injured animal
  • If you rescue an animal that has been burnt, wrap it loosely, place it in a cardboard box, keep it in a dark, quiet and warm place
  • Call WIRES 1 300 094 737 as soon as possible for advice and assistance
  • Do not try and feed the animal
  • Do not leave food out in national parks for wildlife


Join WIRES Wollondilly

WIRES Wollondilly are recruiting for volunteer wildlife rescuers and carers.

To join WIRES you must attend a Rescue and Immediate Care Course and be over 18 years old.

For more information or to register your interest in attending our next course in early 2012, submit your details here and one of our volunteers will be in touch within the next few days.  

RIC course

The course teaches essential basic skills in the rescue, assessment and care of birds. The RIC course is delivered through presentations, group discussion and hands-on exercises. Once the RIC course is successfully completed, WIRES members can participate in specialist training, such as  macropods, reptiles, echidnas, raptors, bats/flying fox and possums / gliders.
Alternatively you might be interested in attending a course in another area - Click here for latest course information.



A place to call home for a while!

The wombat enclosure

WIRES Wollondilly now have a much needed wombat exercise enclosure for orphaned wombat joeys thanks to the generous assistance by a small number of community minded organisations. WIRES Wollondilly would sincerely like to thank a very special anonymous donor for funding the project; the Bingara Gorge/Lend Lease team for their labour; University of Sydney Avian and Exotic Pet Hospital for their ongoing veterinary support; Pet & Produce Store at Silverdale for supply of fencing material at a discounted rate and loan of equipment and construction advice.

The enclosure measures about 18mx10m in size and will provide for a critical stage in the orphans development by providing safe exposure to the outdoors. The enclosure includes two man-made burrows, native grasses, fresh water, shelter and plenty of room to run around. 

At a weight of about 5kg, when they would no longer be in their mothers pouch, joey wombats will be moved into this 'pre-release' enclosure, and they will stay there until they are ready for release at about 18kg.

In this enclosure the wombats will become more independent, at first they will still require (wombat) milk feeds, but over time their contact with humans is reduced - preparing them for release back into the wild. They need to build their strength, learn to wombat social skills, learn how to forage, recognise food, defend themselves and recognise predators to survive.


Calling local businesses!

Have you considered sponsoring our events trailer?

  WIRES Wollondilly rely on the generous support of local businesses to provide the community service that we do.

  Perhaps your business would like to sponsor our events trailer this year?