Cyclone Yasi Update: Providing Training and Funding to Local Wildlife Organizations

Now that more carers are making their way back to their homes, we are starting to hear of more wildlife issues. I suspect that within a week, we will be running at full-speed. This morning, I met with John and Fred from Far North Queensland Wildlife Rescue Inc to discuss the response plan and IFAW grant. We, thanks especially to support from and The Animal Rescue Site, will be providing a $60,000 (USD) grant to the region to address the following objectives:

• Acute and long-term veterinary care;
• Evacuation, transport, translocation, and return of wildlife;
• Food and supplements; and
• Rebuilding lost structures.

The primary goal of the project is to improve the lives of wildlife in the entire region and any recognized carer, organization, or agency from within the impacted area will be eligible for funding. We have established a Grant Planning Committee (GPC) to ensure that there is consistency and fairness during the funding process and to ensure that we reach the greatest number of animals over the next few months.

In addition to providing funds for local vets to treat the wildlife, IFAW will sponsor a week-long “clinic” treating wildlife for two days in Mission Beach/Tully area, two days in Cairns and then a one-day workshop for carers and vets on wildlife care. Dr. Howard and Tania will head up the clinic and Dr. Howard will conduct the workshop.

So, not only will we be able to treat a large number of wildlife but hopefully be able to provide some helpful suggestions on advanced animal care. I suspect that the workshop will be a big hit and I am betting that Dr. Howard and Tania will be very busy.

Tomorrow night, I will explain the Plan to the various groups and answer any questions or address any concerns they may have. But all-in-all, I am very excited about this project and know that we will be able to help a large number of animals.

Tania and our videographer returned to Sydney today to rest up and gear up for next week. I will fly out on Thursday morning so this will likely be our last blog for a few days but stay tuned!


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