Keep­ing cool in sum­mer heat

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

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.

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