TV spotlight put on Pilbara wildlife carer
■ Vet and television personality Dr Harry Cooper paid a special visit to renowned Pilbara wildlife carer Rose Best last week to film for an upcoming episode of Better Homes and Gardens.
Ms Best spent two days filming with Dr Harry and his crew at her Dampier home, where she has dedicated more than 15 years to the care and rehabilitation of injured birds, kangaroos and reptiles.
Her non-for-profit organisation, Pilbara Wildlife Carers Association, maintains a network of more than 30 registered volunteer wildlife carers and transporters, who work together to provide a vital emergency service to wildlife in the region.
Dr Cooper said during his visit he enjoyed his tour of Ms Best’s purpose-built backyard aviary and wildlife sanctuary.
“What a fantastic set-up Rose has got here at the Pilbara Wildlife Carers,” he said.
“The thing that is most impressive about Rose is that she doesn’t work for a wage, she works for the reward of watching a bird climb into that sky on its release.”
Dr Cooper said although he was well known for his work with pets on television shows such as Better Homes and Gardens and Harry’s Practice, one of his greatest passions was working with birdlife.
“I’ve always been interested in birds — I established the Association of Avian Veterinarians, which has more than 70 members across Australia and America,” he said.
“I have had over 2000 budgerigars in my life and now I look after rare and endangered chickens at my farm in NSW.
“As a passionate bird man, it has been fascinating seeing Rose’s impressive facility, which contains birds in various stages of growing, healing and recovery.”
Ms Best said although she did not enjoy the limelight, it was fantastic to get exposure for PWCA’s lifesaving work on a national stage.
“People need to be aware we are here; there are so few of us wildlife carers around the region and we receive very limited funding,” she said.
“I am very much the face of PWCA at the moment but it has to grow past me, I want something sustainable, which is why national coverage is just awesome.”
Dr Cooper’s visit to the Pilbara Wildlife Carers Association will air on Better Homes and Gardens this Friday.
For more information about PWCA, visit pwca.org.au.