TV spotlight put on Pil­bara wildlife carer

Pilbara News - - News - Court­ney Fowler

■ 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.

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