Sponsorship Makes a Difference

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The Importance of Sponsorship

We are delighted that you are considering sponsorship, aiding our carers to raise orphaned animals and rehabilitate long term injured or sick animals and birds.

Your sponsorship contribution represents an important conservation intervention for Australian wildlife, counteracting the habitat loss, disease and domestic animal attacks. Species diversity is also severely impacted as more and more species are classified endangered.

Sponsors can assist in raising community responsibility and awareness towards our threatened native wildlife population, leading by example.

Who are our sponsors?

Sponsors are very important to TVWC and are greatly valued. Many TVWC sponsors are people who are unable to commit time to being active members and participating in the daily service of rescuing and transporting animals. They may also be people who may not live in the Tweed Shire.

Many sponsors live interstate or overseas, work full-time, have family commitments or have transport or availability issues.

Sponsors contribute valuable funds for the rescue, care and treatment of wildlife. Most of sponsor funds go towards medicines, equipment, food, rescue cages and housing. Some funds may also go towards transport costs for hospital visits.
Active membership numbers fluctuate from year to year as also do our sponsors; however the numbers of hotline calls and rescues is similar for normal years. (i.e. years without environmental disasters) Recent fires and floods have had an enormous impact on our wildlife, putting additional pressure on wildlife groups and hospitals.

In 2020-21 we received 5,056 emergency hotline calls for animals in need and attended 3097 rescues of which 2096 were birds.

We receive more rescue requests for birds than any other species. Other species we receive rescue requests for include: possums, gliders, reptiles, snakes and lizards, echidnas, wallabies, kangaroos, platypuses, turtles, frogs, bats and flying foxes. Summer heatwaves require us to rescue sometimes hundreds of flying fox babies and juveniles from bat colonies. This results in many months of work for flying fox carers around Australia until they are ready to be released back into the wild.

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The Cost of Wildlife Care and Rehabilitation

Wildlife Species Short term care Long term care
Wallaby Joey Joey’s formula $40 per month 12 to 18 months in care = $480 – $780
Flying fox orphans $100 per year
Adult Tawny Frogmouth $20 per week
Sick Lorikeet food + meds $10 per week
Young birds and Small mammals $5 per week


Additional Costs

Electricity costs for washing, cleaning and heating is ongoing. Intensive care, setups are indoors and with some animals requiring heat and separate rooms.

Fuel costs for initial rescue and transport, collecting animals from vets/carers, transport to vet appointments and then finally release.

Time Spent Caring

Carers spend enormous amounts of their time unpaid.

Joeys need around the clock care 24/7 bottle feeds can be every 3 hrs – day and night. Nursery time is extremely time consuming.

Sourcing natural food sources takes time. Growing your own mealworms, cockroaches, crickets, worms and sourcing native leafy browse, means that food is always on tap, and offers better nutrition than shop bought supplies.

Time taken for cleaning – cleaning food dishes, medical equipment, cages, blankets and towels is a daily caring necessity. Time taken for repairs, enclosure maintenance, fence repairs, weeding non native vegetation and trimming trees off fences can require additional hours, often on short notice.