NELLIE AND BUB: Nellie, an orphaned swamp wallaby who was hand-raised, recently came back to her carer with her first joey.
NELLIE AND BUB: Nellie, an orphaned swamp wallaby who was hand-raised, recently came back to her carer with her first joey. Contributed

Wildlife carers want recruits

FOR 20 years the Northern Rivers Wildlife Carers have been taking care of injured and orphaned native wildlife such as Nellie the swamp wallaby.

Since their inception in 1992 it's estimated the volunteer organisation has helped over 40,000 animals.

The non-profit organisation started with only a handful of members and has grown to be one of the largest independent wildlife caring groups in NSW.

Spokesperson Cheryl Cochran said a number of founding members were still active in the organisation today.

"They have become well known local advocates for wildlife," she said.

"Some of our members have been rehabilitating wildlife for many years and made a significant contribution to the community in doing so."

But like all volunteer organisations, the Northern Rivers Wildlife Carers are always in need of more members.

There will be an introductory training session for new members, and they encourage people interested in helping native animals to attend.

"The Northern Rivers is known for its vibrant and diverse community, and in a way our group is a reflection of that," Ms Cochran said.

"We have members from all walks of life, but we all share a common interest."

At the training session new members will learn more about the organisation and be trained to rescue and assess injured or orphaned native animals.

"We regularly rescue rare and threatened species, and unfortunately the vast majority of the animals come into care because of human activity," Ms Cochran said.

The introductory training course will be held at Lismore on Sunday, September 9.

For further information or to book, ring 6628 1866 or email training@wildlife carers.com.



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