We believe in conservation through education and learning.
To encourage knowledge and understanding of different species and their habitat we present wildlife presentations to schools and community groups.
Our most recent presentation was given to 140 pupils at St. Joseph’s School at Woodburn, NSW. The presentation was part of an education package on flying-foxes. It was delightful to see the enthusiasm these young people had for one of our keystone species.Our children will be the future custodians of our wildlife, so it is particularly pleasing to know they are keen to learn about the ecology of our local native animals and why it is important to protect them.
If you are interested in these community wildlife presentations,please contact us.
Wildlife SOS has worked the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage to develop a flying-fox education package for schools in northern New South Wales.
Our own continuing education is also important. Members of Wildlife SOS attend the Clarence Ecology and Environment Seminar series. These seminars provide an opportunity to discover and critically discuss research being conducted in and around the Clarence River region. The Seminar Series showcase current research generated from university academics, postgraduate students and government agencies. The Seminars are hosted by the Office of Environment and Heritage ( Parks and Wildlife Division) in Grafton.
Loss of habitat is one of the most significant threats to many Australian animals.
Unfortunately Australia has one of the highest rates of extinction of native mammals in the world. A major cause is clearing of native vegetation.
Wildlife SOS is actively working to promote sustainable land management. Native animals are experiencing the negative impact of urban development. Wildlife SOS has membership on local committees vested with the responsibility to make decisions on issues that affect wildlife ,and our members are in a position to promote the conservation of wildlife within the decision making process.
We are also currently involved in a program to revegetate a remaining remnant of Lowland Floodplain Rainforest in the Clarence Valley.
We recognise the value of scientific research.
Effective conservation is underpinned by science. Wildlife SOS contributed funding to, and directly participated in the flying-fox satellite telemetry project which tracked the movements of Black flying-foxes.
Collection of accurate data and records of local animal activity and behaviour are important to the conservation and management of Australian wildlife.
Wildlife SOS members participate in programs that monitor several species of concern, including
- The coastal emu
- Marine turtles
- Flying- foxes
These programs provide data on local wildlife activity to the scientific community and regulatory authorities.
Wildlife SOS works in partnership.
Wildlife SOS is a member of the Maclean Flying-fox Working Group. The Working group was established in 2009 and has representatives from various government departments and community. The key objective is the management of flying-foxes in Maclean, by developing feasible, effective and environmentally responsible solutions for human and flying-fox interaction.
Wildlife SOS has consulted with Council to reduce the impact of feral and free- ranging cats on wildlife. In 2014 members have trapped 7 feral cats in the small village of Lawrence.
With the generous contribution of members and friends of Wildlife SOS, we have been able to provide financial assistance to provide equipment and housing for orphaned coastal emu in the Clarence Valley, NSW; the Save the Cassowary Appeal in Queensland; The Orange-bellied Parrot Recovery Program in Victoria; the Healesville Sanctuary in Victoria.