Support for Wildlife Carers with Flying Foxes of the Sydney Region - Donations Welcome!
Last year NatureArt Lab ran a discussion panel to raise funds for wildlife carers with responsibility for injured or orphaned flying foxes. We have donated these funds, plus more, to veterinary practices to specifically provide medical supplies when needed.
Charmian Gradwell was one of our guest speakers and her story about caring for flying foxes was particularly poignant:
"It was so wonderful to to be invited to talk about the rehab and care of flying foxes for your bat night last year and extremely generous of you to offer some of the proceeds to go towards helping get these animals seen by a vet.
Getting up close and personal with this species day in and day out as the rescuers and rehabilitators of these species do and sharing our homes and aviaries with them 24/7 , as they undertake their journey back out into the wild is of course a privilege but also a constant concern.
Each day at this time of year multiple rescues come in and it is almost impossible to find veterinary professionals to see them. "The practice has no-one vaccinated” is the answer that we get to maybe 99% of our phone calls, or simply we are "full of domestic emergencies", or “the practice manager doesn't like bats”.
This is heart-breaking when you have just rescued an animal from barbed wire or a net or a dog attack and it is in extremis.
So the few vets that will set aside time and their expertise to see them are like gold dust to the bat carers of Sydney Wildlife and we try to nurture them. One such vet is Emma Hall who runs The Wild Vet Animal Hospital in Glebe.
Of course an appointment given to wildlife that could have been given to a domestic animal still costs though. Therefore this means that your donation will be invaluable to help offset some of those costs when we take an animal to Emma, and also ensure that Emma's practice can continue to see these animals without going under.
Whether we use the money for medicines, X-rays or consults I am happy for you to decide, but to have a fund to draw from at the wild vet will be a Godsend for all our carers."
Thanks to Charmian and all of the wildlife carers in Australia who are making a difference to the lives of wildlife every day.
If you'd like to provide a donation to help with medical supplies for wildlife carers of flying foxes, please contact us at: email@example.com
Julia Landford, Founder and Director, NatureArt Lab