Please help us build a pre-release enclosure for our orphan joeys at Whisker Woods Sanctuary
Sadly sometimes joeys lose their mums before they are able to fend for themselves. We take in orphan joeys brought to us starting from a tiny 500 grams. They live with us day and night in their bags, which simulate their mother’s pouch, until they are strong and healthy. At around 6 kilos they can start spending time in a pre-release enclosure, which allows them to become more, self-sufficient, and prepares them for release.
(Scarlett Joeyhansson below will be one of the joeys living in the new enclosure)
A pre-release enclosure is designed to give the joeys controlled independence. It’s a large predator-proof fenced enclosure, with a garden shed sized shelter to protect them from the elements. At first the joeys tend to stay in their bags which are hung up in the shelter, as time goes by the joeys get used to their new setting and venture more and more out of their bags spending more time around the enclosure.
Once they’re used to the enclosure they start getting taken on hops around the property to get used to the surrounds outside of the enclosure.
At around 15 kilos the enclosure gates are opened and the now teenage Kangaroos are released back into the wild.
The pre-release enclosure is a vital step in a successful release.
(Once Jasper Blue is big enough, he will also be living in the new enclosure)
Until now we have been sharing a neighbour’s pre-release enclosure – but unfortunately the property is to be sold.
So the time has come to build our own pre-release enclosure to house this year’s joeys who will soon be big enough to move in - and to house the many other orphans which we will take in over the years.
(Koby was raised from 6 kilos until release in the old enclosure)
As a thank you to everyone who donates, we’ll be having a ‘thank you’ wall in the enclosure with a kangaroo painted by local and amazing artist Patrick Duthie. Everyone who donates over $5 will have their name painted around the kangaroo Patrick creates– it’s a way for us to say a forever thank you, to you :)
Please help us help the Wildlife.
We have the deepest and most sincere gratitude to everyone who donates - even the smallest bit counts. Thank you <3
Whisker Woods Sanctuary.
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