Wildlife group milestone

Caitlyn WattsPilbara News
A long neck turtle cared for by Pilbara Wildlife Carers Association Incorporated.
Camera IconA long neck turtle cared for by Pilbara Wildlife Carers Association Incorporated. Credit: Supplied/Pilbara Wildlife Carers Association Incorporated/Picture: Pilbara Wildlife Carers Association Incorporated, Supplied/Pilbara Wildlife Carers Association Incorporated

A local wildlife group is celebrating 20 years of helping raise, rehabilitate and release animals.

Pilbara Wildlife Carers Association Incorporated was founded in Karratha in 2000 by a group of like-minded carers with a passion for wildlife.

In the group’s early days, receiving 12 birds a month was considered significant but these days they can get three to five birds a day.

Each year, roughly 550 birds, 120 kangaroos, 12 turtles, 10 bats and 12 reptiles come into the care of the group.

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There are now 50-60 carers across the Pilbara including in Karratha, Tom Price, Pannawonica, Paraburdoo, Onslow and Hedland.

The group helps care for a range of animals including threatened and endangered species such as the grey falcon and rarely seen long-necked freshwater turtles.

Founding committee member Rose Best said highlights over the years included a visit by Harry Cooper for a Better Homes and Gardens segment in 2015, getting a new aviary in Dampier in 2010 and launching a national campaign to raise awareness of wedge-tailed eagles. “Our vision going forward is what we’re about. A long-term sustainable solution. We all have our thing in life. This is mine,” she said.

“It’s just a privilege to have these animals in and experience them up close and work with them and get them back out there where they belong.

“For me, wildlife is it. That is what has been given to us in this world. I cannot imagine waking up and having no birds.”

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