Photo by Jason G Harris
Loveland for Wildlife Inc was formed out of a need to care for and rehabilitate wildlife from the Mid West region of Western Australia.
Our Sanctuary, which covers 761 acres, abuts the Hill River Nature Reserve on Munbinea Road, approximately 24km out of Jurien Bay and Cervantes.
In this area of the Mid West are the Shires of Dandaragan and Coorow, which have large tracts of bush in the form of Nature Reserves. Having so much bush around meant that it was always going to be an area with a large number of casualties from road trauma and bush fires.
Once the commitment was made by a very small group of dedicated carers to look after the orphaned kangaroos and other critters, it wasn’t long before we realized that the problem was bigger than first thought, as we were inundated with sick, orphaned and injured wildlife.
This put great stress on those carers physically, mentally and financially. So it was decided that to assist with much needed funding for ongoing wildlife rehabilitation, the carers needed to form an Association.
Thus, Loveland for Wildlife was incorporated on 30th November 2007, to seek out this much needed funding and to make more people aware of this valuable work within our region, by giving our beautiful wildlife a second chance at life.
In our inaugural year of operation, we had 75 admissions, with 71% of those admissions successfully rehabilitated and returned to the wild.
Since then, our dedicated carers work tirelessly, caring for an array of wildlife. Some of our admissions have included Western Grey kangaroos, Euros, Red Kangaroos, various birds and
seabirds, birds of prey, swans, ducklings, a Fairy Penguin, reptiles, and some endangered species (a Black Glove Wallaby and Carnaby’s Cockatoos).
The Sanctuary managers reared their first joey, Molly, in 2004. Since then, Molly has been released and is still be seen around the homestead.
Our mob matriarch, TJ (from Toodyay), was orphaned in 2005. After being hand-reared and successfully released, TJ is generally not too far from the homestead, and she has successfully given birth to a number of joeys.
Pat Howe (Cervantes)
Mike Newton (Cervantes)
Shannyn Bean (Coorow)
Kelvin Bean (Coorow)
Trevor Maxwell (Hill River)