Help Us Give Koalas A Future – Make A Tax Deductible Donation Now

The end of financial year is fast approaching with June 30 only a few weeks away. We are encouraging our supporters to please consider making a tax deductible donation that will go towards helping save the lives of koalas and other Australian wildlife. Every donation we receive makes a difference and allows us to continue the impactful work we’ve been doing with wildlife and bushland around Australia. We’ve made some amazing progress so far, however we still have so much more to do, especially in the wake of the Black Summer bushfires. Your Donations Make a ...

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Project Plant It – Providing a Future For Our Local Koalas

Last week, on Wednesday the 26th of May, 80 trees were planted by students from Winmalee Primary School with the guidance and help from the Blue Mountains Youth Councillors as a part of Project Plant It. The students and councillors planted a range of Australian native trees at Springwood's Deanei Forest on Wednesday. These tree species included: Eucalyptus deanei, Eucalyptus punctata, Syncarpia glomulifera, as well as 3 types of wattle; Acacia longifolia, Acacia ulicifolia and Acacia parramattensis. The trees were chosen to help maintain the forest as well ...

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From Burgundy To The Blue Mountains – Meet Our Volunteer Sophie!

Having spent the past 9 years in Australia, our wonderful French-born volunteer Sophie was keen to learn more about Australian wildlife and explore some of the beautiful surrounding bushland. Coming from the region of Burgundy in central eastern France, Sophie moved to Australia in 2012, eager to call our beautiful country home. Sophie has been a volunteer with the Science for Wildlife team for the past 2 years. Her journey began back in 2019 when she joined a bushwalking club in Sydney which was in line with her love for the outdoors, and interest in exploring more ...

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Extending The Impact Of Our Koala Post-Rehabilitation Project

We are pleased to announce the extension of our Post-Rehabilitation Project, which is providing important information on the success of koalas after rehabilitation and release from care. The project is supported by funding under the NSW Koala Strategy, with additional support from IFAW. The monitoring Project began in late 2019 after identifying a critical knowledge gap around koala rehabilitation and koala survival in the wild...

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Help us Identify Australian Wildlife in Our New Camera Trap Project

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Are you a keen naturalist who can identify Australian animals and birds? Science for Wildlife would love your help on a new and exciting volunteer project! Our camera trap project will be kicking off in April 2021 and will allow us to be better informed when it comes to protecting and preserving Australian wildlife during future bushfire seasons. All you need to be able to help is access to a computer and the internet. About the S4W Camera Trap Project This time last year, the 2019/20 bushfires had been put out and the S4W team were winding up their emergency ...

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Meet Kali the Koala!

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In celebration of International Women’s Day earlier this month, we’re shining a spotlight on one of our impressive, strong and resilient female koalas – Kali! The Science for Wildlife team started tracking Kali in 2017 and have gotten to know her quite well in that time. She was originally part of our pilot study at our second study site in Kanangra-Boyd National Park, and was one of the first koalas we discovered there. Kali is a homebody, and generally sticks to a very small area of trees. This has made it easy for the team to radio-track her when out ...

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Encouraging Wildlife Conservation In Australian Schools through C.H.E.C.K

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We are proud to announce the launch of our new C.H.E.C.K. program in partnership with Sydney Zoo. C.H.E.C.K is an in-school project, utilising water towers to focus on Climate, Habitat, Environment and Conserving Koalas. More about C.H.E.C.K After the devastating bushfires of 2019/2020, the Science for Wildlife team built and installed water towers in the Blue Mountains region, providing much needed water and food to native wildlife. As part of this program, Sydney Zoo funded and built an additional 80 water towers that were ready for deployment in early 2020. ...

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Our Most Enthusiastic Team Member – Groot the Detection Dog!

Our youngest and most energetic team member Groot has been hard at work training to become a wildlife detection dog in the Science for Wildlife team. Groot will assist us in locating and tracking native wildlife by smelling and recognising their scat. Groot is our third generation of wildlife detection dogs within the S4W team, following on from the great work of our previous team member Badger, and our current detection dog Smudge. The use of detection dogs to identify scat is relatively new to Australia and is an incredibly effective method of tracking wildlife. A ...

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Bushwalking, Canyoning and Exploring – Meet Vic, the Outdoor Adventurer

A substantial aspect of the Science for Wildlife program involves speaking at community events to raise awareness and to meet locals who will often come across native wildlife in their own backyards. These events help the local community to understand the work that S4W is completing, while also raising awareness of risks to native wildlife and how to mitigate these on a daily basis. Oftentimes, these events also result in new volunteers who have been inspired by hearing us speak about the organisation’s goals and projects. One such event is how we came to meet our ...

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Risks around administering food and water to native wildlife after a natural disaster

After experiencing a catastrophic natural disaster like the bushfire season of 2020, we naturally assume that putting out food and water sources for our native wildlife is a required action to assist in the environments healing. What many don’t realise, is that while appropriate in extreme circumstances, at other times these food and water sources can be harmful to our wildlife and are often not recommended. Well intentioned members of the public that try to assist wildlife in the longer term may in fact be jeopardising the health and wellbeing of our wildlife, and ...

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