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For injured and orphaned wildlife please call the 24 Hour Wildlife Emergency Number on:
13 000 WILDLIFE or 13 000 94535


Living with wildlife Pamphlet - click to download

The production of this pamphlet is a component of the Koala connect project that the City of Ballarat is undertaking. It is a behavioural change project that  hopes to improve habitat and impact awareness of residents and planners across four municipalities; Ballarat, Hepburn, Moorabool and pyrenees.

Mobile Intensive Care Response Unit For Wildlife (MICRUW)

Every day we speak to wildlife carers and rescuers that need diagnostic and critical care assistance for wildlife. Intensive care for wildlife is not hooking animals up to heart monitors and pumping them full of drugs. It is being able to take an x-ray of a swollen foot of an 80kg kangaroo that has just been darted. That x-ray image can be immediately transferred to a vet or other expert that can say if the foot is broken, infected or otherwise. The rescuer can make an immediate decision on what course of action is best for the kangaroo. It means that an 80kg kangaroo does not have to be pumped with sedatives in order to be transferred to a suitable vet who is often over 45mins away and who may or may not be available to take an xray. It may mean that an 80kg kangaroo is not unnecessarily euthanased or that a shelter receives it into care without knowing what they are facing.

Wombat survey & mange treatment 

Identifying manged Wombats - click to download

Gayle has initiated and is coordinating a community driven survey and mange treatment program for the wild Common wombats in the Wombat Forest. Wombats across their range are suffering and dying from mange infestation and are facing a serious threat from this parasite. Drawing upon her scientific expertise and her broad experience from 10 years running a diverse wildlife shelter Gayle has put in place a program which is mapping wombat populations in the region and gathering new information about their natural history. The program runs in conjunction with a mange treatment initiative to better understand how to treat manged wombats and to identify infested wombats earlier so that treatment can be successful. This is a pilot program drawing on community input and will be packaged to encourage other communities living in wombat habitat to undertake the same action.

Further info

If you would like to be kept informed about survey dates and progress then to register your interest . Wombat.survey@hepburnwildlifeshelter.com

At the shelter

Fire Preparation

Construction of the fire bunker will commence as soon as the ground dries out enough to start digging!  That will most likely be late spring. The bunker is to be built into the side of the hill and then covered back over with earth. The bunker itself will be built from rock and brick and will house up to 70 animals (we hope). Once the bunker is constructed we then need to fit it out with storage facilities for animal feeds and water, enclosures and cages for the animals. It is quite an undertaking and we will keep you posted on the blog as we progress.

Other fire preparation includes removal of some weeds and small dead timber. Ensuring all the sprinklers and fire hoses are ready and the house is made as fire proof as possible. We also need to calculate what medications we require to be on hand to sedate animals for transport and removal into the bunker. Plans need to be drawn up and tested to determine when and in what order we need to move animals.

Enclosure enhancements

We currently have 4 large bird flight aviaries and we will be planting native vegetations and creating ponds to enhance their time in rehabilitation. We will also be planting in the kangaroo recovery enclosure in an attempt to provide more shade and encourage some ground cover growth.

Construction of new enclosures

Wombat : The new outdoor wombat pen is almost complete – just the wire needs to be hung. We are trying a new, minimal dig, enclosure. It means that there is less disturbance in the actual enclosure as large trenches do not need to be dug to bury the enclosure wire walls.

Sheds: We have two new large tin sheds that will have wooden pens constructed within them; two in each shed. They will be able to house wombats, wallabies and large kangaroos. One of the sheds will have a small, secluded, exercise yard attached to it.

Shelters: Two small wooden shelters will be constructed as weather shelters for the kangaroos and alpacas.

Water bird enclosure with bog garden: We do not have many water birds that come to this shelter but we receive enough to warrant an enclosure for them. The bog garden will be supplied with grey water and provide habitat for frogs and insects.

Koala enclosure: A new koala facility for outdoor rehabilitation that will have a fly proof area is on the plans.