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Read the latest updates on our emergency and bushfire projects here.

Wires Launches Major Grant Program for Wildlife Sector

Friday, September 10, 2021

Wires Introduces National Course for Sea Turtle Rescue

Tuesday, September 07, 2021

NSW Rehabilitation Capacity Building Project

Thursday, August 19, 2021

WIRES is undergoing a comprehensive review of wildlife rehabilitation facilities across NSW.   This will lead into the biggest rehabilitation capacity building project ever undertaken by the organisation. read more

Impact Report FY2020

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

WIRES has released their Impact Report FY 2020. The report outlines the emergency response to the 19/20 bushfires and programs that have been initiated from financial support received from Australia and around the world. read more

Wildlife Research Grants Program

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

WIRES has announced it will fund a $1.5 million wildlife research grants program to be launched early 2022. This program will be run in-conjunction with the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales (RSZ NSW).

The objective of the WIRES RSZ Wildlife Research Grants program is to address the significant knowledge gaps surrounding Australian native species including biology, ecology, and conservation. Recent major ecological tragedies including drought, fires, and floods as well as an ever-growing threatened species list have clearly highlighted the vulnerability of native animals and the need to find effective strategies to mitigate major threats. read more

WIRES response to current NSW mouse plague

Thursday, June 03, 2021

WIRES is monitoring the mouse plague poisoning situation closely and we have had considerable concern and enquiries from the community about the safety to wildlife. Currently we cannot report a noticeable increase in calls for native animals related to the poisoning, however this may not be indicative of a potential issue as the public usually only reports injured, sick and orphaned cases, not deceased native animals, unless there are large and ongoing numbers being found. read more

Thomas Sabo partners with WIRES for Mother's Day

Friday, April 23, 2021

Thanks to our ongoing relationship, you could make a difference to the outcomes of Australian wildlife this Mother’s Day by  purchasing one of two limited edition Koala pieces from the Thomas Sabo collection. read more

RESCUE 101 – WIRES calls for more volunteers

Monday, March 15, 2021

In response to a growing number of wildlife assistance calls WIRES has launched a new volunteer program, Rescue 101, making it easier for new volunteers to join WIRES and assist with the rescue of sick and injured wildlife.

Rescue 101 provides the knowledge and skills an individual needs to help with some of the more common native animal rescues. It will allow the volunteer to attend rescues and transport the animals to a wildlife vet for initial assessment. WIRES’ Rescue Office will follow up with the veterinary clinic, coordinating with the vet to bring the animal into care post treatment, where the animal needs to be rehabilitated with a registered carer.  read more

WIRES Announces Stage 2 Emergency Funding Plans

Friday, February 26, 2021

WIRES has announced the allocation of $35 million in funding as part of Stage 2 plans for their Emergency Fund to help Australian native wildlife

The priorities of Stage 2 plans are focused on Rescue, Rehabilitation and Recovery.

“A major aim of our Stage 2 plan is to build national rescue and rehabilitation capacity through collaboration and long-term programs,” said WIRES CEO Leanne Taylor. “We are extremely grateful for the support received from the community both here in Australia and internationally and we are fully committed to using this opportunity to improve the outcomes for our native animals now and in the future.” read more

Australia’s outdated environmental law urgently needs overhaul

Tuesday, February 02, 2021

The release of the 10-year independent review of environmental laws by Professor Graeme Samuel AC is the reform Australia desperately needs and is welcomed by WIRES. read more


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