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Slow down and watch for wallabies

Dozens of wallaby joeys have been orphaned in the Redlands in the past two months following an increase in the number of wallabies on the move during their breeding season.

Capalaba wildlife carer Bev Grant, who is currently bottle-feeding 11 joeys every three hours, said the joeys had been rescued after their mothers were hit by cars.

“I’ve been inundated with orphaned joeys recently – up to four in a day – and I’m the only registered wallaby carer in the Redlands,” she said.

“There are lots of wallabies being hit by cars at the moment that has led to more orphaned joeys  rescued from their mother’s pouches.

“One of the joeys I’m looking after is a young swamp wallaby called Jack who came to me nine weeks ago with two broken feet. He’s recovered well but demands lots of attention.

Jack is an orphaned swamp wallaby joey currently in the care of Bev Grant

Jack is an orphaned swamp wallaby joey currently in the care of Bev Grant

“We need more trained carers in the Redlands and we also need drivers to slow down and watch out for wallabies and other wildlife near roads, especially at dawn and dusk.

“If you do hit an animal, stop and see that it is okay, check if there is a joey in the pouch and call the Redlands 24-hour Wildlife Rescue on 3833 4031 for help.”

Over the past two months, wallabies have been particularly active in the following areas:

  • Lyndon Road, between Korawal and Honeymyrtle Roads, Capalaba
  • Vienna Road, near Scribbly Gums Conservation Area, Alexandra Hills
  • Heinemann Road, 1km north and south of the Giles Road intersection, Redland Bay
  • Woodlands Drive near the large bend between Platres Drive and Taylor Road, Thornlands

Mrs Grant, who has cared for thousands of injured and orphaned birds, sugar gliders, possums, kangaroos, koalas and wallabies over the past 20 years, said she looks after the animals until they are old enough or well enough to be returned to the wild and have a normal life.

One of the young orphaned wallaby joeys that Bev Grant is bottle-feeding around the clock

One of the young orphaned wallaby joeys that Bev Grant is bottle-feeding around the clock

The 24-hour Wildlife Rescue Service is funded and coordinated by Redland City Council, and operated by volunteers, while the work of local wildlife carers is supported by Council’s Grants program.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams reiterated Mrs Grant’s call for drivers to slow down and stay alert for wildlife.

“We are privileged to have significant wallaby populations in the Redlands and we must be mindful to watch for them near the roadside particularly at this time of year,” she said.

“Redlands Wildlife Rescue is always in need of more hands, including volunteers to answer the phone day and night, wildlife rescuers to transport sick, injured and orphaned wildlife, and registered carers.”

Visit IndigiScapes or contact a wildlife extension officer on 3824 8611 to learn more about upcoming training events for volunteers and registration requirements for wildlife carers.

Join Redlands’ wildlife-saving ambulance team

Volunteer Induction Day: 9am Saturday 9 May at Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, register to attend on 3824 8611.

The Redlands Afterhours Wildlife Ambulance (RAWA) urgently needs more helping hands, currently running at only around 50% of its ideal volunteer numbers.

The RAWA service provides emergency rescue and transport for sick, injured and orphaned native animals in Redland City.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said that while Council coordinates and funds the service, it relied on a dedicated base of volunteers to operate effectively.

“This service saves the lives of hundreds of injured and orphaned wildlife each year but its volunteer numbers are getting lower than what we’d like to see,” Cr Williams said.

“RAWA currently has 15 dedicated volunteers but it’s a big city for such a small number of volunteers to cover, so ideally the service needs 25 – 30 people on its roster.

Redland City Council’s environmental spokesperson Cr Lance Hewlett said the service averaged between five and 10 calls per night, with more than half of those calls requiring the wildlife ambulance to attend.

“It’s important that this workload is shared to ensure the program’s ongoing success,” he said.

“RAWA does an excellent job of helping wildlife in our community and it is having its next volunteer induction 9am on Saturday 9 May at Redlands IndigiScapes Centre.

“If you’ve ever wanted to volunteer in your community and with wildlife, this is a great way to make a difference and I encourage you to attend.”

RAWA is a volunteer-based, Council-operated service.  Volunteers work in teams of three, on call from 5pm – 8am one week in every five-six weeks.

To help, you need to be over 18, live in Redlands and have a current open or probationary driver’s licence.

To join this passionate team of wildlife rescuers, register for the induction through IndigiScapes on 3824 8611.