Rescue centre needs funds
IT’S GETTING HARDER TO OBTAIN GRANTS, SAY STAFF
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.
Vet nurse and rescue co-ordinator Louise Hopper, enviromental officer Jill Stryk and avian management officer Rachel Riley with the black cockatoo rescue vehicle.