I Found A Way to help native wildlife

The author with a blue tongue lizard.I found a way to help, by becoming a wildlife carer:

I’ve worked at the International Fund for Animal Welfare IFAW for a while and during that time, I’ve been lucky enough to speak to many of our supporters who have found ways to help animals through their generous donations and actions

I recently had the wonderful opportunity of attending a Sydney Metropolitan Wildlife’s Wildlife carer course, where I found a way to help native animals in distress

The two day Rescue and Care course is something I’d recommend to wildlife enthusiasts, as it was highly informative, exciting, educational and, all-in-all an amazing experience. The two days focussed on introducing people to the Sydney Metropolitan Wildlife organisation and it showcased all their great work. 

The Rescue and Care course ran over two days and it was an enjoyable but intense learning experience - I certainly learnt so much.  Initially I approached the course with trepidation as I thought it would be quite a challenge, what I didn’t account for was the fun factor.

Sydney Met were great, they were so welcoming, and with such ease taught us how to identify native species, and what to do when called upon – it was a really practical course.

I was delighted and really motivated by the end of this specific course. 

I learnt about how to rescue wildlife and native animals, how to rehabilitate them and more importantly, how to release them once they had fully recovered.  Sydney Met were generous enough to give us all rescue baskets, food and medicines so that we would be properly equipped for our first rescue, along with books for reference if we ever needed to clarify what type of native animal we were dealing with.

After the two days, and with a looming sense of responsibility, I was qualified to become a wildlife carer. It came as a great sense of relief when we were provided with a contact at our closest branch of Sydney Met for support and advice at any time.

Besides enjoying the wonderful presentations, I was also lucky enough to meet a variety of wildlife! My personal favourite was a surprisingly smooth scaled, good looking bloke with a blue tongue. The blue tongue lizard makes for a great garden buddy but definitely not a pet. 

Since attending the course, I’ve actually successfully rescued a blue tongue lizard myself, who is on the slow road to recovery after an unknown mishap.

If you want to find a way to help native wildlife, then I’d highly recommend this course.  But, becoming a Sydney Wildlife carer is not a decision to take lightly, the members of Sydney Met are dedicated and passionate but most importantly they are knowledge and the best equipped to deal with any wildlife crisis.

--CS

So, if you are to ever come across an injured native animal or wildlife, please contact the Sydney Metropolitan Wildlife carers on (02) 9413 4300.

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