Catastrophic storms hit Mt Dandenong – impacts wildlife

Australia has suffered extreme weather events and we are still recovering from the horrific bushfires which saw over 3 billion animals killed. Just over a month ago, Victoria (and other parts of Australia) were hit with unprecedented storms. So many houses and cars totalled by falling trees and incredible that nobody lost their lives. Massive losses to habitat and wildlife with so many trees down – it looked like a war zone for days after.

What was incredulous was the time it took for anyone to really understand the gravity of the situation and the delays in getting help. What emerged was something quite stunning, a community united with deep connections formed and a display of generous, open-heartedness; remarkable people stepping up and filling the void. It leaves you feeling extraordinarily proud and humbled to be part of this beautiful mountain community.

Watch news report and video here on 9 News Melbourne

With the enormous loss of critical habitat, wildlife is requiring our help and why we chose to take action for frontline carers. Despite the millions raised after the bushfires, what is evident is that carers at the coal face have been forgotten and left to deal with the increasing number of animals requiring care. Whilst For the Love of Wildlife predominantly works at a policy level, we couldn’t let these small shelters go without help.

Thanks to YOU, our friends and supporters, we set up a GoFundMe page and at the time of posting this blog, we have raised a whopping $3,200! This money will go to new enclosures, feed and vet bills as the ever increasing number of animals requiring help continues. We’d also like to thank our friends at Humane Society International Australia who have also helped with funding.

The generosity of this community has been overwhelming and there’s a heap of gorgeous souls we need to thank including:

FLOWildlife member Jennifer Fernandes who met with Barry and Helen McIlwaine, Knox School Falcon Philanthropy Group about the need for a quad bike which resulted in this bike being gifted to Nell Pedzik of Wild Paws Wildlife Shelter in Monbulk, Victoria.

Corinne Sukroo from Bell Real Estate in Olinda was contacted about the women desperately needing a generator so that humidicribs weren’t without power and water supply was not interrupted (they are on a pump) to be able to keep the infants warm and heat their bottles. Despite all the help she’s given to the local community, Corinne didn’t hesitate for a second to supply a brand new generator as well as other necessary items. Thanks to Trevor Bell for collecting old quad and dropping off for sale.

Louise Black, Bayside Community Emergency Relief made a special trip to drop off much need pouches which Nicola Rain of Amaroo Wildlife Shelter is putting to good use for all the babies she’s caring for. 

Long time supporter and FLOWildlife member Stephen Powell who will fix a couple of the aviaries which house sugar gliders and possums.

Another FLOWildlife member Dr Anne Small who donated teff and hay for the wombats that had their burrows flooded during the storms (and still being flooded!). Dr Anne also donated fuel containers, power cords and other items to storm impacted residents.

Andrew Fillip-Gautier of The Philanthropic Collective – Free Food Program is also generously assisting with ongoing food supplies for both carers and wombies!

Babies not sure what’s going on after their burrows were flooded.

Both of these shelters are currently caring for sugar gliders, all varieties of possums, wombats and so many more. Wombats are usually in care for up to two years before they can be released to the wild and they have ten in care to date.

Usually in hibernation this time of the year, this little one was found lying on the ground next to a fallen tree.

We’re so pleased to have helped with getting their story out into the world and thrilled they appeared in Ranges Trader Star Mail and also Sunday Age with them appearing on the cover (and that was the same day Ash Barty won the tennis – wildlife wins!).

THANK YOU dear friends for all your loving support – the generosity has been overwhelming and so gratefully received. If we’ve missed anyone, so sorry but know that your kindness has made a very real different.

GoFundMe campaign is still open so please share with friends as wildlife needs all the help it can get.