Keeping cool in summer heat
Dutch Thunder wildlife shelter has installed an overhead sprinkler system to keep animals cool and hydrated in summer.
The Koonoomoo wildlife shelter received $2000 from the Victorian Government to install the system.
‘‘During the heat of summer, we had a roster of people to spray the animals and check they had plenty of water,’’ Dutch Thunder operator Kylee Donkers said.
‘‘It runs through all the enclosures and works as an overhead misting system. It works like an air-conditioner for the animals without wetting everything.’’
Mrs Donkers said the sprinkler system freed her team to respond to injured animals.
‘‘In summer we can have 20 call-outs per day. Trying to keep the animals cool while responding to them was a massive task,’’ she said.
‘‘We’re very thankful for the funding and will be applying for the next round.
‘‘Our next goal is to build a quarantine room to safely treat contagious animals.’’
Applications for the 2018-19 round of the wildlife rehabilitator grants program open Sunday.
The program supports wildlife rehabilitators to buy equipment and infrastructure to help with the operation of facilities and to attend appropriate training.
To apply for a grant, visit wildlife.vic.gov.au/grants/wildliferehabilitator-grants
Keeping cool: Dutch Thunder wildlife shelter has installed an overhead sprinkler system to keep animals, and manager Kylee Donkers, cool in summer.