About

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ABOUT US

Wild 2 Free was established in late 2016 by co-founders Rae Harvey & Sayo Prentic. We had 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 moments before it was completely engulfed in flames. We were forced to relocate again, further north to the Mid South Coast to a smaller 67 acres still suitable to release wildlife. This area has grown with the take down of fences with neighbours, the wildlife now free to roam beyond and into the Mogo State Forest. In 2019, Sayo & Rae split up and Rae has been running Wild 2 Free with the help of volunteers ever since.
On NYE 2019, the property was destroyed in the Black Summer Bushfire. The house/kangaroo sanctuary, outbuildings, the car, machinery and every single tree was burnt. Rae and volunteer Karen were rescued on a boat by Rae’s neighbour Simon, an RFS volunteer who had already lost his own property. A damaged cabin and a shipping container full of animal feed survived, providing Simon the basic needs to keep the animals alive, until Rae returned 5 days later. Since Jan 5 2020, Rae has been living in the cabin, providing support and care to the survivors. Thankfully only one fire victim was euthanised by a vet, all other burn victims have since recovered. Now it’s time to rebuild and continue to provide a home for wildlife and other animals in need. Wild 2 Free became a registered charity in April 2017. The current committee members are: Rae Harvey, Leigh Blaikie, Margaret Park, Anita Morgan and Nat Gruin.

Young joeys are with their mothers 24/7, and we emulate that as much as we’re able to. The dedication put into this, doesn’t leave much room for anything else. Rae worked from home to pay the mortgage until March 2019, but now we rely on fundraising and your donations to keep going.

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 and medications. Most expenses are now covered by our kind donors and sponsors. In the past, Rae contributed her own personal funds to keep things going. Now committed full time to W2F, Rae relies on land rental income from W2F to help cover her personal living expenses, and W2F now pay their fair share for running costs too. Rae’s time is voluntary and everyone associated with W2F is a volunteer.

We won’t say no to an animal in need. We don’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! 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 (around 76% in the wild). In care, death 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 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 wash and sterilise a lot of bottles and teats. We do around 20 loads of washing a week. We spend at least an hour a day collecting fresh branches, dirt 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.

We are licensed under Wildlife Rescue South Coast, to rescue wildlife and care for macropods (kangaroos and wallabies) in the state of NSW.

Unfortunately, not. 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 do not hold an exhibition license, and are therefore not permitted under NSW law to display animals to the public. 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, 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. Please note that animal interaction is only available to volunteers willing to stay and help every day for extended periods of 6+ weeks. This is due to the stressed nature of the wildlife and our desire to ensure human contact is limited only to those people they see daily.

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

  • Boxes of nitrile or latex disposable gloves (all sizes)
  • Hay bales: Rye, Clover, Oaten Hay, Teff
  • Bags of feed: Castlereagh Lucerne Stud Mix, Alpaca Blend (orange and green bag), Ambos All Purpose Pellets, Steam Cut Oaten Chaff (dust reduced), Steamed Rolled Oats, Cracked Lupins
  • Needles and syringe barrels (all sizes but 22g and 23g needles and 1ml & 3ml barrels are used most)
  • Puppy pads
  • Most other medical items like urine test strips – 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
  • Wombaroo 0.7 Kangaroo Milk Powder & Wombaroo Impact
  • Vytrate or Lectade
  • Revolution Tick Treatment for Cats or Dogs (all sizes)
  • Cold Power sensitive laundry detergent
  • Canesten laundry hygiene rinse
  • Napisan or Vanish (for colours or for whites)
  • Chux clothes
  • Babywipes
  • F10 Antibacterial cleaner
  • Avagard hand sanitiser

In Australia, you can also call Turnbulls Moruya or Caseys Beach Vet to pay funds directly towards our accounts.

Any regular donation is extremely helpful. $5 a month will pay for a new teat, $50 a month will provide milk and impact to feed one joey.

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