Call goes out for vol­un­teers

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

FAR North Queens­land Wildlife Res­cue is call­ing for vol­un­teer car­ers due to a lack of mem­bers in the lo­cal area.

Like many com­mu­ni­ty­based or­gan­i­sa­tions, the FNQ Wildlife Res­cue or­gan­i­sa­tion re­lies on the out­stand­ing work of vol­un­teers and car­ers.

Port Dou­glas wildlife res­cuer An­nie Schoen­berger has been vol­un­teer­ing her time to care for or­phaned bats for three years and said she could do with some help.

“I’m ba­si­cally the only full time carer in the area,” she said.

“Be­ing a carer is such a re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and it’s heart-warm­ing to watch the an­i­mal grow up.

“It hurts a lit­tle but it’s also a re­ally nice feel­ing to re­lease them back into the wild.”

An­nie Schoen­berger and Mausi Peo­ple can be­come search­ing for more car­ers in­volved by be­com­ing in the Port Dou­glas and a fi­nan­cial mem­ber by Moss­man ar­eas. do­nat­ing to help with day “We have a car­ers list to day run­ning costs of that we re­fer to when a the cen­tre, man­ning the call comes in for a res­cue, phones or by be­com­ing a but our vol­un­teers have carer or res­cuer. lives too and we can’t

Af­ter-hours phone al­ways get hold of the co­or­di­na­tor Jean Howsley peo­ple who may be clos­said they are des­per­ately est to the an­i­mal and have to call peo­ple from fur­ther away,” she said.

The wildlife res­cue emer­gency num­ber 4053 4467 is manned by vol­un­teers 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Visit www.fn­qwildlif­er­es­cue.org.au for more in­for­ma­tion on be­com­ing a mem­ber.

Photo by JESSIE TOL­SON

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