Res­cue cen­tre needs funds

IT’S GET­TING HARDER TO OB­TAIN GRANTS, SAY STAFF

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Metropolitan - Emma Young

KAARAKIN Black Cock­a­too Res­cue Cen­tre in Martin stands to lose its three staff mem­bers by March if it can­not raise funds to pay them.

There are three types of black cock­a­toos found in WA – all of which are threat­ened – and Kaarakin is one of only three wildlife res­cue cen­tres in WA that the Depart­ment of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) of­fi­cially recog­nises and works with.

Hav­ing been un­able to se­cure fund­ing to con­tinue its paid roles, the not-for-profit, non-gov­ern- ment cen­tre is try­ing to crowd­fund enough to en­sure its vet­eri­nary nurse and res­cue van can stay on.

It re­lies on a work­force of more than 100 vol­un­teers, but the key paid roles be­long to vet nurse Louise Hop­per, avian man­ager Rachel Ri­ley and en­vi­ron­men­tal of­fi­cer Jill Stryk.

Ms Stryk said it had been get­ting harder to ob­tain grants.

“Ev­ery­one wants a slice of that fund­ing pie,” she said.

The trio run and main­tain the 17-hectare fa­cil­ity and its present co­hort of 170 black cock­a­toos.

They take calls about in­jured birds, res­cue them in Kaarakin’s ‘am­bu­lance’ and pro­vide emer­gency care on the way to Perth Zoo vets.

Those that pull through re­turn to Kaarakin for in­ten­sive care from Ms Hop­per be­fore they are re­turned to aviaries de­signed to fin­ish their re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and pre­pare them to re­turn to the wild.

Ms Ri­ley man­ages their behav- iour, diet and health, in­structs vol­un­teers on hus­bandry, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and biose­cu­rity and trains the “ed­u­ca­tion” birds, which are un­suit­able for re­lease, to take part in Kaarakin’s com­mu­nity out­reach pro­grams.

Ms Stryk man­ages the grounds, in­clud­ing ero­sion is­sues, plant­ing of suit­able veg­e­ta­tion, and grow­ing vegetables to feed the birds as food is one of the cen­tre’s big­gest ex­penses.

She also co-or­di­nates vol­un­teers, li­ais­ing with Vol­un­teer­ing WA, schools and cor­po­rate groups to de­ploy the work­force ef­fec­tively.

“We al­ways do a lot more than our con­tracted po­si­tion … we are pas­sion­ate about what we do,” she said.

With­out fund­ing, Kaarakin’s res­cue van, which trav­els each day do­ing res­cues, pick­ing up do­nated food stock and con­duct­ing out­reach vis­its, can­not op­er­ate.

The cen­tre is $10,000 of the way to­wards its $50,000 goal at chuffed.org/project/kaarakin res­cue­fund­ing.

Find out more at www.black cock­a­toore­cov­ery.com.

Pic­ture: Marcelo Pala­cios

Vet nurse and res­cue co-or­di­na­tor Louise Hop­per, en­vi­ro­men­tal of­fi­cer Jill Stryk and avian man­age­ment of­fi­cer Rachel Ri­ley with the black cock­a­too res­cue ve­hi­cle.

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