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.
All expenses are covered by us, and any donations we kindly receive from the public. We are volunteers. 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 re-home 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 around 40 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 6-7 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 & Sayo are both licensed under Wildlife Rescue South Coast, 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. Please send us an email if you’re interested in volunteering your time.
We have a wish list of items in need which includes:
- Industrial washing machine / dryer
- Boxes of disposable gloves (all grades, all sizes)
- Large woollen 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).
- Wombaroo 0.7 Milk Powder & Wombaroo Impact
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!