March 23rd, 2020Funding boost for Central Victoria Wildlife Hospital
THE Australian Wildlife Society has donated $5000 to the development of the Central Victoria Wildlife Hospital.
After the bushfires devastated the landscape, thousands of native animals such as kangaroos, koalas, wombats and echidnas received severe burn injuries. Local Victorian wildlife rehabilitators were inundated with bushfire-affected wildlife in distress and requiring assistance.
Australian Wildlife Society president Suzanne Medway said the organisation was keen to support local wildlife rehabilitators to save and rescue injured native wildlife, especially those animals so badly affected by the recent bushfires.
“Our members raised funds specifically to help the rehabilitators cope with these injured animals. We are pleased to be able to support the Central Victoria Wildlife Hospital founders Gayle Chappell and Jon Rowdon to expand their wildlife rescue work to save these animals.”
The Local, in its last edition,ran a story on Gayle and Jon and their decision to establish the hospital, which will build on and significantly expand the wildlife rehabilitation work of Hepburn Wildlife Shelter.
Ms Medway said funding from the Australian Wildlife Society would help Gayle and Jon to continue their important work to save Australia’s precious native wildlife for the next generation of young Australians.
The Australian Wildlife Society, formed in 1909, is a national not-for-profit conservation organisation. Its mission is to conserve Australia’s wildlife (flora and fauna) through national environmental education, political lobbying, advocacy and involvement of the community.