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9 August, 2020

Wallaby rescuers needed

Rescuers from the Agile Wallaby Project estimate that they have attended about 750 incidents over the past year.

By Phil Brandel

Volunteers needed

As more cars hit the road after the COVID lockdowns the Agile Wallaby Project has noticed an increase in deaths in wallabies across Far North Queensland.

Rescuers from the Agile Wallaby Project estimate that they have attended about 750 incidents over the past year.

This means they are in need of more volunteers to help with the rescue of joeys and injured wallabies

This Friday night the organisation will be holding a rescue course at Trinity Beach from 5pm

Agile Project founder Shai Ager said they are in urgent need of rescuers, “Rescuer’s go out to calls outs, for wallabies that have been hit by cars or attacked by dogs.” She said

“People will get taught how to check pouches, how to remove baby joeys without hurting them, and then passing the joey onto first responders and carers,

“This means you aren’t stuck with joey long term."

The course costs $15 dollars and includes lessons on how to rescue macropods a the price also includes a rescue pack.

“We are looking for people right across FNQ from Cooktown, to the Tablelands and to the south of Cairns,” Shai said

“We have a few dedicated rescuers and they sometimes need a break or are not available.”

People under the age of 16 can attend however, they must be accompanied by an adult and will share their information pack.

The course takes place this Friday night, August 14 from 5pm at Trinity Beach for more info go to www.theagileproject.com.au

 


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