I am already a member and wanted to go and plant trees this winter so it will be fun to get to do it 5 more times with a friend. My dad is pretty awesome for making this happen.
Thank you to these businesses that donated. Please be sure to visit their websites and see what they do and if you use them- be sure to let them know that I sent you!
If you want to help plant trees and learn more about wild koala's, you can join Koala Clancy for a koala conservation day. It costs $20 and you will get to plant some trees (until August), do some weeding (removing boneseed weed that koala's don't like at all and maybe see a wild Koala or if you are very lucky- Clancy himself! Its fun.
Koala conservation days are on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month in the You Yangs. You can read more about it on their website. https://www.koalaclancyfoundation.org.au
Tonight I met Suzy from Help for Wildlife. When I arrived my mum saw some snake skin in the window. when we went inside she had all of these photos of animals on the wall. When we walked in she showed me her little baby wombat and her name was Dee. I got to cuddle her and i had my first wombat bite! It did not hurt. Her teeth looked like mouse/rat teeth. Suzy warned me about wombat's teeth hurting more than their claws because they use their claws to dig and their teeth to eat. She had lots of snakes too- she said that one bit her twice.
She told me things I could do to help wildlife when I am older. Getting work in the zoo's can be hard but I could work for Parks Victoria or Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning (DELWP), or be a vet or work in one of the smaller zoo's or sanctuary's.
I got to feel a lot of fabrics. she showed me what was in her car. she had a stretcher (to lift kangaroos) a net( to catch wallaby's and kangaroos) in her car and even a kitchen sink can you believe it? When we were leaving, we saw a bird lying in the gutter with a hurt wing. Suzy picked it up and took in inside. It was my FIRST rescue! I hope the bird is ok but I don't think it will survive- it looked very hurt.
Some things I learned..
it is costs ten dollars for one kilo of wombat milk powder. (which she pays for)
baby sleeping bags are perfect for wildlife rescuers- they can use them as an outer pouch to help keep the warm in
Baby wombats don't like to be taken out of their pouches- they wriggle around a lot.
If you live around Doreen and its surrounds you might have seen their signs on the road side? If you live in these areas- PLEASE SAVE THEIR PHONE NUMBER IN YOUR PHONE 0477 555 611. If you see any animals on the side of the road or hit one yourself- PLEASE CALL them or a wildlife rescue group to come and check the animal. Even if you think its dead or it was hit but "seemed ok"- its probably not OR it may have a joey that is alive in its pouch. PLEASE CALL!
THANK YOU Suzy for talking to me about what you do.
Today I went to the You Yangs with my Dad and my friend Ebony. We went to plant trees, pull out weeds and look for wild koalas. This was my first ever tree planting day! I was so excited to plant trees.
Ebony and I found really big bushes of it and tried to pull them out. We got most of the big bushes out but there was one really big one which we gave up on.
After we went to find Anzac who is Clancys father. When we went looking for him we could not find him. We were looking forever then Kirby spotted him on a really small branch at the top of the tree. After looking at him through the binoculars we went back to the car and went home.
It was so much fun looking for Anzac, planting trees and pulling out the boneseed weed. It was a lot of fun spending the day with Ebony, my Dad, Janine, Kirby and Mel. I hope to one day take a whole group of my friends to do some tree planting and weed removing- maybe even spot a koala!
If you want to help plant trees around the You Yangs- the tree planting season is now until August. Koala Clancy Foundation have 2,000 trees they want to plant and they do it on the first and third Sunday of each month. Click on the Koala Clancy Logo for information
My name is Libby and I am 13 years old. I am a Koala Crusader- raising money and awareness for our VULNERABLE koala's and spreading messages about our wildlife that we are lucky enough to live WITH. These are stories written by ME!