• WIRES has granted Aussie Ark $1,045,000 to support the long-term recovery of native threatened wildlife
  • The funds will be directed towards the support of species recovery and habitat programs
  • The powerhouse partnership between two of Australia’s most vital conservation organisations will deliver on the ground conservation outcomes for wildlife

Aussie Ark is thrilled to announce its partnership with WIRES, Australia’slargest animal rescue organisation, who recently granted the amount of$1,045,000 to the conservation organisation. Aussie Ark is committed toproviding long term futures for Australia’s threatened wildlife and WIRESgenerous support will have a considerable impact on the deliverance of AussieArk’s conservation efforts.

In the wake of the devastating bushfires spawning from the end of 2019 to thebeginning of 2020, Aussie Ark and WIRES were at the forefront of the crisisand have been faced with the loss of Australian native species at anunprecedented rate, in addition to the long-term environmental issues of thecrisis. As billions of animals perished in the fires and their habitatssuffered tremendous damages, the two organisations stood out by theirproactive on-the-ground relief actions.

WIRES have a mission to rescue, rehabilitate, assist in the recovery andpreserve Australian wildlife, and has been doing so for over 30 years. Itsongoing support of smaller organisations having the same mission and valuesmakes WIRES a predominant player in the wildlife recovery community. Nowlooking at long-term recovery initiatives for the conservation of imperilledwildlife and habitats, the New South Wales based organisation’s partnershipwith Aussie Ark is a step in the right direction.

“My team and I are looking forward to working closely with WIRES,” says AussieArk President Tim Faulkner. “By joining forces with WIRES, Aussie Ark will beable to increase twofold its efforts and outcomes towards the long-termrecovery and conservation of native threatened fauna and their habitat.”

WIRES CEO Leanne Taylor states: “The rate of decline of so many native animalspecies is nothing short of alarming. We are so grateful that organisationssuch as Aussie Ark are committed to making a difference. Their efforts inprotecting Australia’s rich fauna diversity will help ensure our unique nativewildlife is sustained for future generations.”

Aussie Ark is now in a unique position of being “project-ready” and has thusput in place an ambitious plan with the objective of delivering multipleprojects within the next few years. Among others, the organisation wishes toexpand the number of threatened species under its care and thereby its speciesbreeding programs to establish robust insurance populations for eventualreintroduction into the wild. Aussie Ark is also committed to rescueAustralian native species from a foreseeable demise, in part, by means ofsurvey, monitoring and in-situ management.

WIRES funds will be directed towards the support of species recovery andhabitat programs. Species such as the Koala, Davies’ Tree frog and Broad-toothed rat will benefit from these programs in the short and long-term, asone of many aims is to maintain genetic and biological diversity in theirpopulation, as well as bolster their populations’ numbers.

Aussie Ark is grateful for the support of WIRES, and together with partnersGlobal Wildlife Conservation, NSW Government and Glencore, they are expectedto achieve great things for wildlife conservation.

About Aussie Ark
As a not for profit organisation, Aussie Ark raises the necessary funds tocontinue its ambitious vision. Investment allows for the construction ofcaptive facilities and predator proof fencing on semi-wild parcels of land.Aussie Ark is a registered environmental organisation and charitableinstitution under the Australian Charity and Not-for-Profit Commission. AussieArk has deductible gift recipient status (DGR status) and is registered forGST purposes. More information at www.aussieark.org.au

WIRES, Australia’s largest wildlife rescue organisation, has been rescuing andcaring for native animals 365 days a year for almost 35 years. WIRES’ missionis to actively rehabilitate and preserve Australian wildlife and inspireothers to do the same. WIRES operates a dedicated Wildlife Rescue Officeassisting the community and wildlife 7 days a week, and have 28 regionalbranches with over 3,000 volunteers involved in wildlife rescue,rehabilitation, information and education. Annually, WIRES provide rescueadvice and assistance for tens of thousands of sick, injured, orphaned anddisplaced animals and run around 100 wildlife training courses for thousandsof participants. In the wake of the devastating 2019/2020 emergency events,WIRES began providing significant national support for wildlife, supportingover 240 projects to assist with wildlife rescue and care across every stateand territory. WIRES are also working with major partners to support the long-term recovery of wildlife habitat and the long-term preservation of nativespecies in the wild nationally.

Image: Australian Reptile Park

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