Flinders Island Wombat Family fund
It’s like living in a nature reserve 24/7 – After all that is basically what the island is. With beautiful National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries, yet the commuter zones are shared by all.
For the past two decades, wombats injured on Flinders Island roads have been sent to Kate Mooney's 40-hectare farm 'Greenglades' for some rest and rehabilitation.
Home to Derek the Wombat and family, Kate has nursed hundreds of orphaned & injured wombats back to health before they self release to the bush.
"Twenty odd years ago somebody found a wombat on this road and gave it to me, and that's what started it. Batsky was the first one and that was a very long time ago"
FLINDERS ISLAND WOMBATS
'The wombat is the largest burrowing mammal. Indeed, it is such an accomplished burrower that early settlers called it a 'badger'. However, its closest relative is in fact the koala. With its short tail and legs, characteristic waddle and 'cuddly' appearance the wombat is one of the most endearing of Australia's native animals.'
The Flinders Island wombats are a sub-species of Australian wombats, they are smaller than the Tasmanian and Mainland ones. The only other population of these reside on Maria Island [Tasmania's east coast] where they have been released.
Your contribution to the Flinders Island Wombat Family fund will go directly to Kate Mooney and the carers on the island to assist with costs of feeding and caring for the wombats.
A special mammal milk is needed when the wombats are very young, they then move on to pellets at an older age and Kate can have up to 15 wombats at a time in her care! Our local Walkers Supermarket also supports Kate and her wombat family with fresh fruit and veg that she can feed to the little guys.
Your donation will also assist with the costs of maintaining a safe enclosure at Kates 'Greenglades' property. A fenced and sheltered area where the wombats are free to wander in and out during their transition time they are 'self releasing' back into the bush.
These wombats are definitely not pets; and this rehab contributes greatly to the genetic diversity of the isolated population of wild wombats.
Reaching our target of $5,500 means Kate and the carers have the financial support to spend approx $100 per week over an entire year to assist with costs of looking after the Flinders Island wombats.
No donation is too small. Every dollar makes a difference. Kate, Derek & the Flinders Island Wombat Family thank you!
Visit Derek the Flinders Island Wombat Facebook Page
Read more about Kate at IslandLifestyle
A huge thank you to all who have donated for your generous support and please continue to spread the word in helping the wombats so Kate and the other carers may continue the important work they do.
Here's a fabulous little video by Olivia John who lives on Flinders Island. Olivia was just 10 when she made this film and it was the junior winner for our little film festival 'Flinders Flicks here on the island - featuring Kate and her wombats.
Have a great weekend !
Many thanks to the very generous people who have donated to the Flinders Island wombat fund. I am very humbled by the response to this campaign.
Some people have mentioned their concerns about the constant handling of my wombats and I would like to reassure those people that these wombats do go back into the wild.
I still have the three from last year hanging about but the six from the year before have all gone and the 13 from the year before I don't see. However, there is one that has come back with a baby that I can't touch but can still pat the mother in the feeding shed. This is very satisfying as my aim is to return them to nature.
Your generous donations will be spent buying supplementary feed and I will build another day yard for the slow release of my babies.
I would estimate my success rate at rehabilitating wombats would be around 75%. We haven't 100% success, but without the time and effort put in by me and other carers on the Island these orphans would have died. Fortunately, on Flinders Island, mange is not a huge concern.
Once again many thanks to those Flinders Islanders and many others who have supported this campaign. We are all very grateful and it provides a positive vibe to keep up our work.
Kate Mooney, the wombats and all the wombat carers on Flinders Island