About 2018-03-20T09:51:30+00:00


Our names are Sayo & Rae. We met in Melbourne and bonded over a love of animals. We searched all over the east coast of Australia to find a suitable location and property to help animals in need. After an 18 month search we found that at an 850 acre property near Cobargo on the Far South Coast. The property was perfectly set up to house native and farm animals in need, with stables, penned areas and a lot of outbuildings. Unfortunately, fire destroyed our home 3 days after we moved in – we got out seconds before it was completely engulfed in flames. We were forced to relocate again, further north to the Mid South Coast. A smaller 67 acres still suitable to release animals, but without the buildings and pens. We are currently operating at this location, but hope to set up another shelter at the original property in future.

Rae worked from home prior to the fire and still does so, but in a limited capacity, due to the loss of 20 years of work in her hard drives, which were all destroyed in the fire. The wildlife in care require a lot of time, and Sayo covers Rae when she’s working and is therefore unable to hold a normal paying job. Rae gets up before dawn and Sayo does the late shift and gets to bed around 3am usually. The dedication we’re putting into this, doesn’t give much room for anything else.

We get some support with milk via our rescue groups, and STAR Stitches have kindly donated some joey stands and pouches (as they do for many carers in need bless them). The remaining 90% PLUS of expenses are covered by us, and any donations we kindly receive. Frankly, we haven’t rebuilt our house yet and we’ve been dipping into our insurance funds. Who needs a bathroom anyway right? We anticipate applying for any available grants when time allows, though they’re far and few between. Sadly, there’s very little in the way of government support for helping our native wildlife, who suffer so much at the hands of humans, due to development and loss of habitat. Most wildlife are lactose intolerant and require expensive specialist formulas.

We won’t say no to an animal in need. We won’t just accept healthy animals to care for. We will take in the sick, the broken, the injured. We will go the extra distance to give them a chance at a normal life. We believe every animal deserves to live if they have a chance of full rehabilitation. We believe every animal deserves respect and every animal deserves to be loved. If their broken bones can be fixed, we will get them fixed. If they’re sick and need intensive care, we will provide it.

It’s not. We have wallabies here too! And chickens and cats, but this site is all about native animals. We care for kangaroos, because we can provide something many other wildlife carers cannot – acreage and a release site. Joeys require a large space to develop their muscles, and ideally a safe bush area as well, and we provide that for them. Eastern Grey Kangaroos are said to be the one of the hardest animals to care for in the world, with an extremely high death rate (thought to be around 50% in care and 70% in the wild). This is often due to their stress levels, which can cause all kinds of difficult to diagnose ailments, and why they require vigilant husbandry. Their lives are in our hands, so we take our caring role extremely seriously. Did you know a kangaroo chased by a dog, can potentially die a few days later due to the stress it endured? A kangaroo joey can die within 24-hours of diagnosis with some diseases. So far, we have a very high success rate and we are working incredibly hard to keep it that way. Our motto is: “We will accept death in care, we won’t accept death due to poor care”. The high level of care involved in kangaroos, has meant we haven’t had the time or funds, to build facilities to house other animals in need… yet!

We love all animals and want to educate ourselves extensively on any species we take on in future, to give them their best chance of survival. Whether it be a sugar glider, a pig, a goose or a wombat! If an animal is in need, and we have the facilities and knowledge to care for, release or rehome them, we will.

We clean up a lot of poop! It’s not very glamourous. We hand wash and sterilise a lot of bottles and teats. We do about 20 loads of washing a week. We spend at least an hour a day collecting fresh native browse and grass for the younger ones to enjoy in the evenings. We also spend several hours a day in the bushier areas of the property, teaching our youngest joeys about the land and helping them develop their confidence and strength. Of course, there’s all the bottle feeds as well. When a joey first comes in, he or she is often on 7-8 feeds a day around the clock. This reduces slowly until they’re down to 4 feeds a day at around 10 months old. They remain on 4 feeds for quite some time before being slowly weaned off altogether at around 18 months old.

Rae is licensed under WIRES (#17751) and Sayo is licensed under Wildlife Rescue South Coast (#17508), to rescue wildlife and care for macropods (kangaroos and wallabies) in the state of NSW.

Unfortunately, no. Because we care for wildlife, it’s incredibly important to dehumanise the animals before they’re returned to the wild. Kangaroos are easily stressed with change, so we avoid them interacting with more people than necessary. We welcome any questions you might have about the wildlife in care and we’ll happily share photos and information.

We welcome volunteers who can assist in all manner of ways, whether it’s helping with the animals (this only works for regular volunteers), cleaning, making snack baskets for the joeys, picking up poop – there’s always a stack of jobs that need doing, so any help is greatly appreciated.

We have a wish list of items in need which includes:

  • Industrial washing machine / dryer
  • Boxes of disposable gloves (all grades, all sizes)
  • Baby blankets
  • Large woolen blankets
  • Hay bales
  • Needles and syringe barrels (all sizes)
  • Most other medical items – please don’t throw out anything near its use-by date
  • People who can sew liners and bag hangers (pouches) – we can supply preferred designs and styles
  • Bags of feed (message us for details).
  • Good quality extra-large dog beds

And any regular donation is extremely helpful. $5 a month will pay for a new teat, or supply an older joey with supplementary feed for a week!


Your contribution will help rescue, rehabilitate and release more orphaned and injured native wildlife in need.