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Our Orphans

Sadly, our Australian wildlife face many threats and are all too often killed by cars, dogs, fences, shooting, misadventure and habitat destruction. Often this leaves their young orphaned.
Over more than 10 years Araucaria Wildlife Sanctuary looked after more than 400 orphaned marsupials, including macropods (wallabies and pademelons), possums and gliders, bandicoots and other wee critters such as antechinus and native ratties.

In 2018 we began releasing Red-necked Pademelons at Araucaria Wildlife Sanctuary. Pademelons are established in Bungabee State Forest (approx. 2-3km from us) but, due to land clearing, had historically lost their habitat in our immediate area. With our own reforestation efforts, and those of surrounding neighbours, the time was right to attempt to reintroduce them. An influx of Pademelon orphans during 2018-2019 meant that we had a genetically diverse mob.

In 2020 we delighted in catching sight of our first Pademelon grand-joeys. 

Macropod joeys growing up at Araucaria Wildlife Sanctuary.....

Just some of the many other orphans that were cared for at Araucaia... 

If you have an animal that needs rescuing, please contact WIRES (NSW) 1300 094 737 OR Wildlife Rescue Australia 1300 596 457.


Rock Valley
NSW, Australia, 2480

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