"Imagine coming across an injured kangaroo on the side of the road. Or a bat
entangled in fruit tree netting. Would you know who to call to get help?
After a quick search, you find the number of your local wildlife rescue service
and give them a call. A trained operator gathers the information they need to
assess your case and coordinate rescue and rehabilitation if needed.
Across Australia, wildlife emergency response hotlines, such as Wildlife
Victoria in Victoria, WIRES in New South Wales and smaller groups throughout
the country, offer valuable help to wildlife and members of the public who
encounter wildlife emergencies. Data from these services can also help us
understand how human activities harm wildlife at a local level. And that in
turn highlights what can be done to better protect wildlife.
In newly published research, our team analysed a ten-year dataset from Wildlife
Victoria, the main wildlife emergency response service in that state. The
service responded to more than 30,000 cases a year, on average, between 2010
and 2019. Around 400 cases a year involved threatened species."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics